March 12, 2018
Millions of Americans will “spring ahead” on March 11, the date on which Daylight Saving Time will begin this year—however, 74% would like to push their clocks forward by one hour and leave them that way, according to a poll of 1,147 U.S. adults completed last fall by EndDaylightSavingTime.org.
The mission of the nonprofit organization is to “make everyone’s lives just a little better and happier, [as well as] a little safer,” by keeping to one time year-round and enjoying a later sunset from January through December.
In fact, EDST has found, 84% of Americans prefer later sunsets. And, by advancing our clocks in the spring, we ensure that, after work, there is still evening daylight to enjoy during the warm months.
At this point, close to 70 countries worldwide support Daylight Saving Time. While most of us believe that DST began as a fillip to farmers, who wanted more daylight to manage their crops and harvests, that’s simply not true, EndDaylightSavingTime.org, claims. In fact, farmers tried to block the law when it was written in 1919, because changing the clock would disrupt their set rhythms.
The solution, according to EDST Founder Anthony Boldin, is to stop changing the clocks twice a year. Instead, he proposes one single Standard Time all year long—to be accomplished by not performing the “fall back” process at the beginning of the next cycle so that the later daylight hours become permanent. Lastly, Boldin proposes to allow each state to determine in which time zone its residents prefer to belong.
The single time zone idea would eliminate many of the problems caused by Daylight Saving Time, according to EDST. Indeed, Boldin points out, time changes affect our health, sleep patterns, children’s focus in school, and worker productivity and safety. Problems with earlier sunsets include increases in depression (seasonal affective disorder), traffic accidents, pedestrian fatalities, and more crime due to darker streets.
“There is a growing library of research showing the problems caused by time changes and early sunsets,” said Boldin. “Were Daylight Saving Time replaced with one later time year-round, there would be many benefits.”
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