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View Poll Results: What are your thoughts about Daylight Savings Time?
Itís totally fine Ė leave things as they are today 27 18.00%
Itís evil Ė we need standard time year round 57 38.00%
I like DST, but it needs to be year round 41 27.33%
Letís split the difference and do a 30-minute average year round 14 9.33%
I prefer some other fun alternative (such as setting our clocks according to sunrise) 5 3.33%
42:00 6 4.00%
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Old 03-12-2007, 11:21 AM
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Default Daylight Savings Time - Good or Evil?

Here we go again - another switch to Daylight Saving TIme. And here I go again - bring up the question "Why?"

Let's look at the pros and cons. First the cons:

#C1) It's a pain to switch all those clocks. How many clocks do you have in the house? In your cars? Which ones of them automatically switch and which don't?

#C2) The switch messes with our body's groove. Or at least it does mine.

#C3) It's such a pain to send the kids to bed at 9PM, and it's still daylight. How many times have you heard this? "Go to sleep kids." "But it's not nighttime." "Who cares? Go to sleep!"

#C4) For astronomer types, it sucks to wait till 10PM to look at the stars. (Then again, they're always fighting light pollution anyway!)

Now the pros:

#P1) They say you save on energy.

#P2) With the sun setting later, people are getting more sunlight and are happier - meaning less suicides and the like. (Okay, I'm running out of pros here.)

#P3) DST gives the perfect excuse for missing your 8AM Monday morning meeting. "Oops! Forgot to set my clock ahead!"

Okay, discuss. You can see that in my list, the cons outweigh the pros, UNLESS the value of saving on energy is greater than the pain of suffering the cons. What I'd be interested in seeing is evidence showing that we really save on energy.
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I thought the original goal was to help farmers out. Does it still have that effect?
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I thought the original goal was to help farmers out. Does it still have that effect?
I've never understood that. Since when do farmers care what the clock says? I saw on TV that they wake up when the crow tells them to.
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I've never understood that. Since when do farmers care what the clock says? I saw on TV that they wake up when the crow tells them to.
According to Wikipedia, I was completely misinformed.
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I thought the original goal was to help farmers out. Does it still have that effect?
I may be missing something, but I never bought that argument. Wouldn't the farmers work by the sun anyway (start working at dawn, etc., regardless of the time).

I don't think we need to have sunlight until 10 p.m. in late June. Let's just compromise and move the clocks half way between standard and daylight savings time.
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#C2) The switch messes with our body's groove. Or at least it does mine.
Didn't mess with my groove too much yesterday - we are on the 1:00PM church schedule.

This morning was a bit tough though.
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I don't quite understand the energy argument. We still have the same total number of hours of daylight, so aren't we going to use the same amount of energy, we'll just be shifting the times when most of it is used?
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I don't quite understand the energy argument. We still have the same total number of hours of daylight, so aren't we going to use the same amount of energy, we'll just be shifting the times when most of it is used?
I think the idea is that people will go to bed when the clock says so. With daylight savings that time will occur 1 hour earlier, meaning that people will be in bed instead of being awake with the lights on - or something like that.

And they aren't sleeping through as much daylight in the morning either.
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I think the idea is that people will go to bed when the clock says so. With daylight savings that time will occur 1 hour earlier, meaning that people will be in bed instead of being awake with the lights on - or something like that.
That's what I thought. However, I still have to get up at the same time to go to work. And now, it's dark when I get up. So I have to turn on all the lights in the morning now instead of the evening.
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Ask yourself the question: would you rather it be light from 5 AM to 6 AM, or from 9 PM to 10 PM? The latter is clearly preferable for me.

The more sunlight we have in the evening, the more outdoor activities we can do after work, a boon to golf courses, but a problem for drive-in theaters.

Just tell your kids they have no problem sleeping when it's light out in the morning. And if they have problems falling asleep? Are they getting too much sleep?
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