I hate DST
March 8, 2009
Since I have a blog now, and today we started Daylight Saving Time, I’ll inflict my semi-annual rant on the internet.
DST is all about getting people who want to sleep in to get out of bed earlier. (I once read an article about time zones and stuff by Isaac Asimov, in which he said something like, “If Congress passed a law saying we all had to get up an hour earlier, there would be rioting in the streets. Instead, they passed a law saying we all have to set our clocks ahead an hour, and everyone just does it.” Well, I’m in favor of the rioting.) Anyway, it discriminates against those of us who are already getting up early: just when it’s getting so we’re not in the dark all morning all the clocks get changed and we’re stumbling around without light again.
The usual justification for this is “saving energy” but the studies pointing in that direction were all done in the 1970’s and have methodological issues. The most recent study, when all of Indiana went on DST a few years ago, showed unambiguously that it increased utility bills.
There are other costs; another study showed that traffic accidents go up significantly the Monday after DST goes into effect.
The biggest lobby for this is composed of businesses, like sporting goods manufacturers, that are related to outdoor activities. But I don’t see why I should have to get up in the dark so they can make more money.
So let’s get rid of this ridiculous practice of giving ourselves jet lag twice a year!