Why does it exist?
Daylight Saving is actually a good thing, but try telling that to the mom and dad with a wide awake toddler at 5 am on a weekday morning. According to an article by Popular Mechanics, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is not just a two-day phenomenon occurring in the Fall and Spring. It is actually an eight-month stint in which clocks are adjusted to give us more sunshine and Vitamin D exposure during the evening hours in which we are most active. A great thing to counteract seasonal depression disorder and too much time indoors.The author, Dan Nosowitz, stated, “Absent DST, for eight months per year our days would not be structured to enjoy the most sunlight possible.” He discussed how working parents would miss out on sunlight because darkness would occur around the time they got home from the office after a typical 9am-5pm workday. The same can be said for children in after-school activities, as they often arrive home later and would not get a chance to play outside due to the sun’s early evening disappearance. Nosowitz went so far as to make this declaration of DST, “It is a human attempt to force our lives to fit the natural world in a more sensible way, to lifehack ourselves into a pattern of living that benefits our minds and bodies. DST is both a rebellion against the clock and an acceptance that we are all slaves to the clock.” Daylight Saving Time takes a lot of heat for being a strange and disruptive practice, but on the whole it is a basic way for people to enjoy more outdoor time and to be less constricted by darkness.