Daylight savings: What is being saved?

Riley Carroll, Staff Writer

For over a century, around 70 countries have set their clocks back an hour in the fall and forward an hour in the spring. Most of the U.S. has utilized this since approximately 1918, other than Hawaii and Arizona, but recently the Senate unanimously passed legislation to end daylight savings time for good. If President Biden signs as well, it will go into effect in November 2023 —  forever abolishing daylight savings time.

You might ask: Why is daylight savings even a thing? Many people believe it was implemented to help farmers and ranchers make the most of the daylight. Though optimizing light was part of it, it was primarily used in the early 20th century as a way to reduce the amount of artificial light used to save energy for the war effort. 

Since then, daylight savings time has continued with little advantage. Wherever you are on the planet, you’ll still get the same total hours of sunlight, regardless of what times the sun rises and sets.

Do we need daylight savings time? To be frank, no. We still get the same amount of sunlight every day regardless of what time it is, it only varies by the season. Though it has been something of a tradition in America, in the modern world — it is pointless. Goodbye daylight savings time, you will not be missed.