Daylight Savings Time

Daylight savings time, you either love it or hate it. Twice a year, we scratch our heads wondering why the sun is up at six in the morning or why it's up at ten at night. Just this past weekend, we switched from standard time to daylight savings time and I am sure you noticed it. When we fall back, we rejoice in the extra hour of sleep we get to enjoy. When we spring forward, we wake up in the morning finding ourselves 20 minutes late for just about everything the day ahead had in store for us.

Now the practice of “shifting” hours is most common in North America and Europe and it can trace its roots of use back to World War I when the German Empire and her allies implemented it in April of 1916. Many of the other participants in the Great War soon followed suit in order to more efficiently use resources that contributed to the war effort. The practice was also common through World War II some 20 years later and it has persisted for the better part of a century.

So, should daylight savings time still exist? The debate rages on, but I would argue that it is time that we fall back to standard time and keep it that way. My reasoning is simple, keeping time standardized allows for greater efficiency in everyday life and, with the development of modern technology, productivity is not as dependent on when the hours of sunlight are. Of course, I could write an entire thesis about this topic, but hopefully this got my point across far more concisely. Do you agree or disagree? Should daylight savings still exist?