Should Daylight Saving Time Be Abolished? [POLL]

Daylights Saving Time ended early this morning when we pushed our clocks back an hour and enjoyed an extra hour of sleep. Originally conceived of in 1895, the twice-yearly ritual of changing our clocks has been ongoing since World War I when it was introduced as a way for Americans to conserve energy. Advocates argued that if Americans woke up when it was already light outside, they would use less gas for lights and heat, thereby saving energy resources for the ongoing war effort. A century later, the practice is still in place.

Surveys show that a majority of Americans no longer believe that Daylight Saving Time saves them any money and should be abolished.

Researchers have shown that the money saved on lighting is canceled out by homes using more air conditioning in the evening hours of the summer because the sun is still shining and homes haven’t cooled off. It has also caused fuel consumption to go up because people are more social in summer evening due to the sun continuing to shine late into the evening. Moreover, researchers say that Daylight Saving Time takes a significant toll on our health, disrupting sleep rhythms, metabolism, mood, and stress levels. In fact, in the days following the start or end of Daylight Saving Time, there is an increase in the number of heart attacks and car accidents.

All this being said, do you still think the practice of Daylight Saving Time should be continued or not? Vote below.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Not having daylight would be disaster for country not just religious jews as sunrise would get to be in parts of country at 930 example Detroit
    fyi it was tried in 1970s and failed

    • The push is to have daylight savings time all year round so it’s lighter longer at the end of the day. That is what causes the late zman tefilah.
      What was tried in the 70’s was daylight savings time all year round. That meant not only late shacharis and messed up work schedules (aside from messed up farming schedules since cows don’t know the difference between standard time and daylight savings time), but there was a tremendous increase in early morning crime as children were walking alone to school while it was still dark outside.

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