Last weekend, most of us in the United States had set our clocks forward one hour for our springtime jump into Daylight Saving Time (DST).
We will stay in this mode for seven months, at which time we will “fall” back to “normal time.”
This means that every man, woman, and child in the US will realize an annual time savings of exactly—zero.
That’s right; it is a gross misrepresentation that Daylight Saving Time actually saves time. All it does is shift the clock setting forward one hour so that dusk has the allusion of being delayed. Of course, the tradeoff for this is that dawn likewise seems to arrive one hour later. So on one end, we seemingly have more time to play and on the other side, more time to sleep in. Yeah, right!
The result is that no time is created or lost in the process, merely the perception by some that they actually gained something through this temporal sleight of hand.
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