DST, Daylight Saving Time, is one tradition that has been with us for quite some time now, dating back to more than 100 years now. Let us see some of the arguments there have been leveled as for and against this tradition. One thing that you need to acknowledge is that more than one third of the American population indeed appreciates the need for DST. As such, what one may question is the essence and need for the petitions to end daylight savings time, DST. The following is a look at some of the facts behind DST.
As a matter of fact, we need to be clear on the fact that the change of the clocks settings will not create extra daylight in and of itself but all it achieves is to cause the time on the clock at which the sun will set to be a later time. Basically what we end up achieving with this is the fact that when it comes to the spring times when we spring an hour as often is the case, what we essentially achieve with this is to add an hour of natural daylight for us to enjoy in the afternoon schedules. Proponents of DST have held on to the argument that this creation of the longer evenings benefits the health in the sense that it encourages many to get out of the house and as such take part in some of their choice recreational activities which to them is an effective counteraction to the effects of their sedentary lifestyles. Plus, it has as well been argued by them that these longer evenings given that they encourage people to get out and shop and enjoy much of their time out of the house, they help boost the economy as restaurants and the other establishments in the tourism sector get to benefit from the longer evenings.
But as a matter of fact, one of the things that you need to know of is that when it comes to the negatives is the fact that this doesn’t quite see savings in energy and this is one of the prime motives that saw the establishment of the whole idea. You need to note the fact that there are some of the states that have actually seen the consumption of energy in them increase as a result of the use of the DST such as it was seen in Indiana all due to the fact that there is seen an increase in the use of the air conditioning systems, TVs, and some more of the energy consuming gadgets as such making the whole idea not quite worth the effort but all but one to be ended all at once.
Over and above this, you need to know of the fact that the changes we happen to effect on our body’s circadian rhythm by springing back and forth the time on the clock by the effect of the DST happens to have such a retrogressive impact on our health.