Does Summer daylight saving time was the most stupid idea to fool ourself ?

Does Summer daylight saving time was the most stupid idea to fool ourself ?

Why we fool ourself by turning the clock forward and backward twice a year ? I did not see any energy saving because buildings still turned on all the lights day and night. Now it even advancing it happens in March. I feel so badly for the North part of USA and whole Canada where the snow is still on the ground in March,and they want to enjoy the so called Summer saving time ? Many smart countries in the world scrapped this stupid idea long time ago. Why not happen to us ??

Update:

Good jokes from all !

I want to hear more. I really hate to adjust 20 clocks and watches for home,car,VCR,TV. etc.

I never change the standard time for my car because I knew it is going to change back within few months.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Modern businesses keep Daylight Savings Time because they got tired of all the employees leaving an hour early in the summer to enjoy a long afternoon. Employees griped when the employers asked them to come in an hour early, to make an 8 hour day. So to fool the employees (kidding) and keep all business on the same schedule, we "leap ahead" an hour to allow us to think we are working 9 to 5, when it is really 8 to 4, sun time. {serious points in a joking manner.}

    In the winter, when it is dark when we leave for work, and dark when we get off work, and an hour one way or the other makes no difference, we go back to straight sun time, so at least high noon is high noon.

  • NNRR4U
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    1 decade ago

    Hi, Lee,

    It's not Energy Saving Time; it's Daylight Saving Time. Let's consider where the sun is at different times of the day during different seasons.

    In the winter, when Daylight Saving Time is _not_ in effect, the sun is (as close as possible to) directly overhead at noon. It rises a certain number of hours before noon, and it sets about the same number of hours after noon. So, for example, on a particular day it may rise at 12 - 5 = 7AM and set at 12 + 5 = 5PM.

    As winter turns to spring and then summer, the sun is up for increasingly longer periods. So perhaps one day it's up from 6AM to 6PM, and another from 5AM to 7PM, and eventually--to take it to the extreme--from 4AM to 8PM.

    Now, in order for us to take advantage of the extended daylight, we'd need to wake up before 4AM! Benjamin Franklin realized that, if we were to shift the time ahead by an hour, the daylight would last from 5AM to 9PM, which is more convenient to our normal sleep cycles.

    Remember, when Franklin "invented" Daylight Saving Time, most people didn't work in office buildings with electric lights. :-) Their primary source of light was the sun. So it was beneficial for people to be awake while the sun was out.

    I hope that sheds some light on the problem for you.

  • 1 decade ago

    People once set time according to astrology and it wasn't a problem until the rail system came about. The big wigs of the rail systems needed a better way to keep time and they came up with a standard or mean time with hourly variations according to set times in different time zones.

    Benjamin Franklin observed daylight savings and suggested the idea in an essay but nothing came of it. William Willett would later observe people in their homes with the shades drawn while there was still daylight. He noted the wasting of energy and daylight. About 10 years later Greenwich mean time was used during the summer months to save energy.

    During WWI daylight savings was applied to help the war and other countries followed suit as the war was costly. After the war they did away with it due to how unpopular it was especially during the winter months. Once again daylight savings would be recognized as WWII came about and some places changed their clocks 2 hours ahead of GMT. In the U.S. the clocks remained ahead by one hour even through the winter. After WWII the gov't left it up to the states to decide to keep daylights savings or not. This brought back the confusion the railways had worked so hard to mend so long ago but it had grown to also hinder the bus schedules and the radio industry. New schedules had to be made everytime a state used daylight savings and others didn't. In 1966 the uniform time act remedied the chaos.

    Then in 1973 came the Arab oil embargo and for 2 years Americans followed daylight savings for a 10 month period and it did help to conserve energy. The farming states were badly hindered by it and when things with the Arabs started to look better the farmers started to complain and the 10 months long run of daylight savings was dropped.

    The research during this time proved that daylight savings time did save energy in thousands of barrels of oil each day. Also noted, during the study, was the decline in road accidents as well as home fire mishaps. The study team concluded that thousands of lives had been saved through daylight savings as well as saving millions of dollars in energy savings, insurance savings and property damage.

    In 2005 Bush changed the schedule of daylight savings by extending it to save energy as we work through more problems with the Arabs. Those opposing the changes are farmers and the airlines. Livestock have their own clocks they follow and when we mess with time and adjust our way of doing things farmers encounter problems with livestock such as breeding, feeding and grazing schedules. Those who farm crops and raise livestock are left to let one or the other go as they tend to one or the other.

    In summary...

    Daylight savings time stemmed from industry via the railways but was applied for the purpose of what is now known as the dept of transportation and their schedules. It has since been applied to most everyone to conserve energy and save resources.

    Most of the U.S. and most of the world does apply DST for saving energy.

    Source(s): Back in the 1970's public schools taught the history of daylights savings time as the oil embargo brought concern and change.
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