Monday, March 12, 2007

Daylight Savings Time

I am so glad that the government is watching out for us, and providing us with an extra hour of daylight. This of course begs the question: just how much will people believe? And yes, I am always amazed by this myself.

Daylight Savings Time is a torture device that is getting more onerous with each passing year, especially since this year it will now be in force for a full eight months. So now we can save so much energy.

Exactly what energy are we saving?

Well, we buy more, we drive more, and we need to turn the lights and heat on in the morning. What energy are we saving?

Well, none of course, we spend more money, and that is the real reason for Daylight “Savings” Time. It should be called Daylight Spending Time, because that’s what the studies indicate; Americans at least, drive more and spend more. So this is a conspiracy to get us to spend more money. Like we don’t spend enough money as it is? We already have the lowest savings rate of any industrialized country, and less than some developing ones. Do we need to spend so much money? Well, that’s apparently all that keeps our economy running: retail therapy.

And one final note: the next time I hear someone crow about how great Daylight Savings Time is by giving us “one extra hour” I think I may slap them. If you want an extra hour, get your lazy bum out of bed earlier.

Because, no matter what delusions of grandeur the government has, it can no more give us an “extra hour” than balance the budget or restore our international credibility.


Darth Fuji said...

Well actually, studies have shown that daylight savings time saves energy. studies conducted... in the 70s. =)

Although, supposedly, they're supposed to be starting a new study on it next year or something. But yes, I agree, daylight savings time is just plain stupid. And annoying.

gossamer said...

Studies conducted by who, Madison Ave? The studies I have heard say that we use more fuel because we drive around more. Maybe we use less electricity, but more gas?

Karen M said...

I don't know why we don't just split the difference... advance the clocks one-half hour... and call it even, instead of torturing everyone's circadian rhythms every year.

The ONLY good thing about the new schedule is that it will be possible to get home early enough on Halloween to greet the smallest trick-or-treaters, without having to leave work early.

I used to cope by looking forward to the fall when I could save that "extra" hour until sometime later on Sunday when I really needed it. But, now I live with someone who, left to his own devices, will change as many clocks as possible before he goes to bed. The nerve!

Studies? Did they include the beneficial effects of chocolate on both mood and productivity, not to mention health? I thought not.

gossamer said...

Karen, it seems they never study the important things!