Dumping daylight saving time: Its the breakup I fantasize about.
By JENEÉ OSTERHELDT
The Kansas City Star
The time change is one of those annoying mandates that doesnt make sense. We spring forward. We fall back. We keep adjusting our clocks on our wrists, walls, ovens and microwaves. And probably miss one or two.
Ill probably be wide awake come 2 a.m. Sunday to be sure time moves an hour forward in my house. Im a night owl by nature, but the change always makes me obsess over the clocks. Will my phone change? What if I miss yoga class? Is my DVR going to know when to record House of Lies?
And we go through all of this to save energy? Sure, that might have worked during World War I when factories needed those extra hours of daylight to save energy for production.
But that was long before laptops, TVs, video games and gadgets on top of gadgets. Weve changed. Our schedules dont revolve around sunlight. Were plugged in day and night. And when temperatures rise, air conditioners will run.
A 2008 study in Indiana showed that energy consumption actually went up during daylight saving time. If that study stretched across the nation, I think findings would be the same.
My friend Tiffiany is off the changing clocks. She left the Midwest for Arizona about two years ago. Her only time worry is figuring out the time zones is home one hour ahead or two? Arizona, like Hawaii, is DST-free.
I used to hate when I would lose an hour, says Tiff, a personal trainer and nutritionist. You really feel it when your internal physical clock is off. It takes a week or so to acclimate yourself to the new time change. Its nice to not have to deal with the inconvenience of changing the clocks.
Lucky her. Look, I love daylight in the evening. Its almost worth that horrid March Monday after DST when Im drowsy and confused, unsure of what time it actually is because I dont trust the clocks.
But in the fall, when we switch back to standard time, we drive home in the dark and take shorter dog walks. It bites. Why cant we just spring forward and stay there? No more yo-yo-ing with our internal clocks and trying so hard to control time.
Because the truth is DST is mere trickery of the mind. Its like everyone agreeing that Monday will suddenly be Tuesday. There is no ruler of time. It goes on. So if we want to save energy, we have to save energy. If we want to enjoy longer days, we have to live joyful lives. Spring forward or fall back, the clocks cant do it for us.