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Daylight Savings Unveiled

Should it stay or should it go?

Blake Torres, News Editor

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Have you noticed the sun setting earlier? On November 1st at 2 am, the time was officially set back one hour in California. Observed by millions, Daylight Savings Time (DST) alots for more sunlight by sacrificing a day’s true sunrise. Not sure which way to switch your clock? A well known mnemonic, “spring forward; fall back”, could help.

Daylight Savings was first coined by the entomologist, George Hudson, in 1895. His first proposal was a two hour shift forward during summer months. Germany became the first country to adopt DST (one hour shift) during World War l in order to conserve fuels. It was readopted by most of North America during the fuel crises of the 1970s and has remained in place throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere since.

Daylight Savings was rejected by countries in the Southern Hemisphere after World War l & ll. The main criticism includes confusion and disruption around the biannual time shifts. The supporters of DST argue it saves energy and promotes outdoor activity, which in turn promote both physical and physiological health. Angelie Vasco, a ninth grader, found Daylight Savings Time to be ” better when time shifted back because it allows [her] to sleep in and spend more time awake “.

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