Daylight Savings ends tonight at 2:00am. This is the time of year we set our clocks back. Growing up with daylight savings time, the phrases “Spring forward, Fall back” reminded me which direction we were going with our clocks. This is the time of year that we hear people say “Enjoy the Extra Hour!”, or “What will YOU do with your EXTRA HOUR?!”, or something else along those lines.
I’m not a big history buff. My children’s father was always the historian of the family. So I’m sure he could share some history of daylight savings time. I, on the other hand, have to rely on Google. Google tells me that the of Uniform time Act was signed into law and originally was meant to begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October.
Thanks Google! (You know, except for all of the discrimination and everything you have going on there…)
So. Have you ever felt like Daylight Savings has seemed to get longer and longer? I thought it was really meant to be over the summer months. Daylight Savings in 2018 started on March 11 and is ending tonight (November 4). That is 238 days, or about 65% of our year. So is it really Daylight Savings anymore, when on it for 65% of our year? i did a Google search and put together this pretty graph to illustrate how our start and end dates for daylights savings have changed over the years.
And let’s talk about this concept of “Extra Hour”. This hour was stolen from us in March. They took this hour in March and we have been now conditioned over 65% of the year to feel like getting this hour back is a gift. This “extra hour” is something we should be thankful for, and make plans around. Seriously, it’s not an extra hour. It’s like getting back money from a savings account that earned NO INTEREST. We get the exact same hour back that we gave up in March. No benefit. No REAL loss, since you can’t actually invest time (though, someone should get on making that happen…)
I am not calling for an end to Daylight Savings. I don’t believe this is some conspiracy. I am sure I could do more research and find the reason we continue to lose this hour for a longer and longer time through the years. But I do question the frame of thought we have around “Extra Hour”.
So… What will you do with your extra hour, tonight? I just spent my extra hour, writing a ridiculous blog post about it.