When I hear the phrase “Daylight Savings,” what often comes to mind is “great, now I have to remember to change all the clocks in my house.” I mean I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast, yet alone remember to change all the clocks that exist in my life. DON’T PUT THAT PRESSURE ON ME!
But seriously, why do we even have daylight savings time? It originated during World War I to save on fuel and was abandoned years later. Only to be brought back in the 70’s as a result of the energy crisis. So why do we still have it? Good question! In short, politics. Should I go any further?
But Daylight Savings time isn’t so horrible. Let’s focus on the positive……..sorry, can’t think of any. So lets change directions and talk about the things I don’t like about Daylight Savings time and hope that a prominent politician will read this and agree with me.
The most obvious fact about DST in the fall is the shorter day. Call me crazy, but I kind of like seeing what the outside of my house looks like when I get home from work in the evenings. It is dark by 5:30, so when I get home at 8:00, it’s pitch black! Okay, 5555 Carlisle ST., I’ll see you again in the Spring.
Another fact about DST in the fall is that crime rate increases. This theory is backed by several studies. The reason is due to the shorter days and less daylight. The majority of street crimes occur during the hours of 5-8 in the evening. In the spring, the more ambient light is a deterrent for criminals. This increase in criminal activity costs us as taxpayers. Government funds are spent on legal services, incarcerations, etc…
Moreover, with the shorter days, this effects the length of the work day. People don’t stay at work as late as they do in the spring and summer months. They see that it’s dark outside and they just want to go home. With the shorter amount of daylight, this has a negative effect on the farm and ranch industries. The lack of daylight makes it difficult for them to do their jobs and be large, contributing factors of our economy; therefore, this adversely impacts our economy.
My last point is that Daylight Savings time in the Fall has a negative impact on our general health as a society. People aren’t as active in the fall months. That is a proven fact. We don’t stay outside playing soccer with our kids at 8:00 at night because we can’t see our kids! Therefore, with all this decrease in physical activity, we as a general whole, increase our body fat. As we get fatter, this leads to an increase in cholesterol, heart attacks, and diabetes. And let’s face it, no one in the U.S. really cares if they are “bikini ready” in November.
So when I hear the words, “daylight savings time,” my response is “I’m sorry, it’s time to break up!”