Busted Myths About Daylight Saving Time
The minds of many North Americans are under the impression that Daylight Saving Time (DST) was a concept pushed into integration by the agricultural forces of the region. This could not be further from the truth of the matter. In reality, farmers harbor a strong opposition to the implementation of Daylight Saving Time.
Several different conflicts arise for farmers when they are pressed to impose the standards of DST on their agricultural operations. It is not a simple matter to ask a hundred cows to produce their milk an hour earlier to meet production orders. The change in time throws a proverbial “monkey wrench” in many agricultural processes.
Many different myths shroud the history of Daylight Saving Time. As Spring is upon us, dive into these tidbits of truth that will bust all those pesky tales about the creation and implementation of springing forward and falling back.
Drop the “S.”
Most people commonly add a ‘s’ at the end of the word ‘saving’ when verbalizing Daylight Saving Time. There is no ‘s’ on the end of the term. Being that the word ‘saving’ in the phrase is working as a part of an adjective, using the plural form of the word would be grammatically incorrect.
Farmers did not originate the idea of DST.
As stated before, DST was not an idea that was supported by farmers. They found that the implementation of this time change caused more harm than good to their production schedules.
Some functions of the farm depend on when the sun rises and sets. When the time changes, the worker’s schedule does not change, and there is no one to perform that job at the correct time. Many things have to shift due to Daylight Saving Time.
The actual lobbyist for practicing time change each year was not Benjamin Franklin either. When Franklin was 78, he wrote an elaborate rant dedicated to changing our sleeping patterns to fit the sunrise and sunset. He never actually mentioned physically changing the time.
There is no actual proof that DST conserves energy.
The only evidence that is clear in this case is that the invention of the air conditioner eradicated any conservation that was formerly reaped from DST. It may have once been beneficial to the pockets of the public, but not anymore.
The largest benefit (and what was most likely the primary intended benefit) of Daylight Saving Time is found in the business of recreation and retail. When the general population has more time to spend in the daylight, they have more opportunity to spend their money.
North America is a minority.
It is also not very well known among Americans that we are in the minority when it comes to the observation of Daylight Saving Time. Most of the world do not participate in the winding forward and backward of the clock twice a year.
There are even two states and a few territories of the U.S. that do not observe the change. Arizona, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico are just a few examples of locations that do not choose to participate in DST.