Article & Photo By: Jerral Agbayani
A group of friends and I stayed up all night to see the hours on an iPad change and revert a whole entire hour. As we made our way into a room to prepare for this seemingly anomalic event, we realized we were too late and the time had already been set back one hour…
Many people question whether or not it is necessary to keep daylight savings in the United States. Sources like the Brookings Institute claim it is beneficial, since research and studies show crime decreases by seven percent the night of the change, but there are a wider number of resources arguing against it due to the spikes of car crashes, depression, heart attacks, and even obesity that is linked with this hourly change (according to a UTSouthwestern Medical Center Article).
Though it is important to point out that daylight savings makes life more interesting and gives/takes away an hour of sleep, it clearly seems to do considerably more bad than good. “One study found that the risk of a heart attack increases 10% the Monday and Tuesday following the spring time change,” claims a Britanica Pro/Con article. According to the article, DST(daylight savings time), has a negative impact on health, which severely affects productivity in day-to-day life. Skimming over several websites, many of them cite the same heart attack study, and how it is a negative impact of DST.
Not only that, but car crashes seem to be more prevalent the following day. “Researchers estimate that car crashes in the US caused by sleepy daylight-saving drivers likely cost 30 extra people their lives over the nine-year period from 2002-2011,” says Hilary Brueck from Business Insider. If Daylight Savings were to disappear, there wouldn’t be a sudden spike of crashes on two days of the year.
According to an article by Zoe Miller from Insider, a Pennsylvania State University study in 2012 conducted that the time change affects motivation and work loads, with people at their jobs more likely to search unrelated websites than keep on-task. They did two separate studies and compared them to one another, using Google data trends and 96 undergrad students at a lecture. Both of them attributed to the claim that Daylight Savings has a motivational impact on students and workers alike.
Assuming the studies are true, daylight savings isn’t necessary for the United States. There are less pros than cons and it seems that it only stirs up trouble. Overall, daylight savings most likely won’t be going away anytime soon, but if it ever does, there may be some good change in day-to-day life.