- by Hub staff
There is, every year, much grumbling about daylight saving time, or as it is called in some countries, summer time. That's two words. Not summertime, summer time.
The reason it is called summer time is that summer is the season that used to be most completely affected by this institution.
People grumble especially grumbly in the autumn when they have to turn their clocks back an hour. They curse "daylight saving time" and swear it's of no use to them whatsoever.
But in truth, at that point, while they curse daylight saving, they are in fact returning to standard time. Perhaps they'd like to stick with daylight saving time through the winter?
But that wouldn't actually help much. While the daylight would last longer in the evening, it would be darker for longer in the morning. And morning is already the time when humanity seems most able to express their inner grump.
In direct opposition to that approach would be the idea of keeping standard time through the summer. If we were to stick with standard time, the sun would rise an hour earlier, and our evening light would end an hour earlier as well. That means less daylight for almost all of us, because few of us see the sunrise with any frequency as it is in the summertime, so most of us miss the beginning light of day.
So ending daylight an hour earlier could cause more vitamin "D" deficiency. Well, not really, we'd still get enough. But less light could mean more depression. Yes, I know, not you. You're not the grumpy one. You just hate changing your clock and want to tell everyone about how inconvenient that is for you ... for a week before you have to do it and for a week after as well, or at least until that day when you suddenly look at your watch and say, "Wow, look how late it is, and it's still light out. Isn't summertime the best?"
So my advice to you all, is to realize that the lost hour is exactly the same amount of time you used to put into watching "Survivor" every week, and you didn't seem to miss the time then.
Save your complaints and grumblings for something you might really be able to effect a change on ... something like, say, the weather?
Regardless of your stance on daylight saving time or "summer time," turn your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday morning at 2AM, or on Saturday night as you retire if that's your choice.