DST: Keep or Drop?

Here we go again. On March 10th at 2:00 AM, be prepared to move one hour ahead as Daylight Savings Time starts up. The question is, do we really need it? Is it more burdensome than useful? Should we just keep DST or drop it all together?

Fun Fact: Hawaii is the only state that doesn't celebrate DST altogether. Arizona mostly ignores it except its northeastern region.

  • Daylight Saving Time (DST) presents an intriguing subject for analysis due to its widespread implementation across numerous nations and its significant impacts on various facets of daily life. Within the discourse surrounding DST, arguments both in favor and against its adoption illuminate the multifaceted consequences of this practice. 

    Some Pros and cons may be:

    1. Enhanced Evening Daylight: Proponents assert that DST conserves energy by extending daylight into the evening hours, thereby reducing artificial lighting requirements. Based on the principle that lengthening the duration of natural light can decrease reliance on electrical energy sources.
    2. Mental Health Benefits: The argument regarding the positive effects of increased daylight on human mental health. Extending daylight during the evening hours can ameliorate mood and diminish the incidence of seasonal affective disorders, contributing to overall psychological well-being.
    3. Economic and Recreational Advantages: The augmentation of evening daylight bolsters economies reliant on outdoor activities. By allowing businesses to extend operational hours, DST can enhance revenue through extended consumer engagement during the lighter evening hours.
    4. Disruption of Circadian Rhythms: A significant concern associated with DST is its potential to disrupt human sleep cycles. The abrupt adjustment to time can interfere with biological circadian rhythms, culminating in diminished productivity and increased fatigue.
    5. Questionable Energy Savings: Analysis and research have cast doubt on the energy-saving benefits originally attributed to DST. Certain studies suggest that any savings in lighting may be offset by increased demands for heating and cooling, challenging the efficiency of DST from an energy conservation perspective.

    Examining the pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time illuminates a complex landscape where unintended repercussions may counterbalance the intended benefits. While the aim of DST to conserve energy and uplift economic and health outcomes is commendable, the evidence regarding its efficacy remains mixed. Further, the disruptions to sleep patterns and the complexities introduced in an interconnected global environment warrant careful consideration.

    In making any determinations regarding the future of DST, it is imperative that policymakers and stakeholders rigorously evaluate empirical evidence and consider the broad spectrum of its impacts. The overarching goal should be to adopt practices that unequivocally benefit public welfare, energy conservation, and economic vitality.

  • I could do without it. I thought we were already going to do away with it a few years ago, but I guess it hasn't been implemented yet.

  • I did not know that about Hawaii! That is awesome. I don't know. What are the benefits and drawbacks to keeping the same time year round vs. not? I have no strong opinion but I am interested to get more educated on the topic.

  • We lived in Hawaii for about 25 years and not having to deal with DST was a huge benefit of being there.  No changing clocks or adjustments to our sleep schedule was great.  The only downside was that the time difference between Hawaii and various parts of the mainland was not consistent.  I always had remember whether to add 5 hours or 6 hours to get to east coast time.

  • Keep it! Especially at higher latitudes it makes a huge difference!

    Re:Arizona, the northeastern part of the state is largely Indian reservations, which is likely why there is a change.

  • 0 Offline in reply to Steven D.

    I had the same issue in Arizona, which is arguably more difficult because for half the year it's the same time zone as New Mexico and the other half it's with California. Dizzy face

  • If you don't keep it, small kids have difficult time in going to school in the morning.

  • I think we should get rid of it, makes it to confusing

  • I think it is beneficial to increase the daylight later into the evening, so i have no issue with daylight savings time as far as springing forward.  I could see a benefit to springing forward and not falling back, but by now I am so used to it that it is routine. Plus i have all of my devices set to automatically adjust and I would hate to have to go into my settings and change that!!!