During World War I, daylight saving time was implemented as a way to conserve resources, such as fuel, for the war effort. After the war, daylight time was discontinued, largely due to unpopularity. It was re-established during World War II.
I asked some readers whether we still benefit from daylight saving time. The consensus was a dislike for semiannual clock resetting.
“Hate, hate, hate it,” Elizabeth Cull commented on Facebook. “We lose the sun in the evenings when we need it most, giving families less outdoor time and kids less outdoor time after homework.”
“All that it does is mess up people, and especially kids’ schedules ... don’t like it!” Tina Vieira commented.
There is actually debate as to when the idea of a daylight saving system was first introduced. Some reports date it back to ancient times and cultures using a system to utilize as many daylight hours as possible.
Other reports credit Benjamin Franklin and an essay published in 1784, titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.” Franklin described changing our waking and sleeping hours to reduce candle use.
George Vernon Hudson, from New Zealand, issued an 1895 proposal to change the setting of clocks forward and back. And William Willett, from the United Kingdom, published a pamphlet in 1907 titled “The Waste of Daylight.”
Regardless of the actual date of its invention, the idea was to use more sunlit hours and save on artificial lighting and other resources. What are your thoughts here — does modern-day society still benefit from daylight saving time?
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