Is It Time To Do Away With Daylight Savings Time?

As I wrote here and here, I am not dealing well with the change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. I'm not the only one.

Frankly, I think the change back and forth between Standard and Daylight Savings Time has outlived its usefulness. Maybe it's time to do away with the time change entirely and stay with DST year round.

Historically, daylight savings time was proposed by Benjamin Franklin as a way to maintain agricultural productivity and reduce the need for costly candles (they really were a major household expense, back in the day). People rose and worked with the sun, and wound their days down as the sun set. As for resetting their clocks and watches: that wasn't a problem, since most people didn’t own one. They assessed time by the sun, or by the sound of church bells.

But that was then, and this is now. We live by electric lights, we live 24/7, we don't start our day with the sun and end it as darkness approaches. To steal a quote from Einstein: "Everything has changed, except our way of thinking."

So here's my proposal: do away with Daylight Savings Time altogether. It's an empty, possibly counterproductive gesture to "saving energy". If people in some areas are worried about the children waiting in the dark for the school bus, they can just start school an hour later. After all, the numbers we assign to the clock and to appointments are human creations and artifacts, which we can redefine and re-label as needed.

I know I prefer daylight later in the day, particularly during the winter months. If DST became the new 'Standard' Time, that would suit me just fine.