When Time Goes Back …

Where does it go? 🤔😄

As many of you know, Daylight Savings Time is about to end (12:00 am on November 4th) and be replaced with Standard Time.

Just for fun, I thought I’d ask readers and followers how you feel about this. Are you in favor of the switch … or not?

Would you prefer we stay on Standard Time year-round? Or do you enjoy the extended daylight hours for fun and games?

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37 thoughts on “When Time Goes Back …

  1. Hey, Nan,
    It really doesn’t make much difference to me anymore, but I’m not sure if it ever did. Where I live we get four hours of light in winter, and twenty hours of sunshine in summer. What time it starts or ends is not important.

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    • From other comments you’ve made, I believe you live fairly far north, right? I think I would have a difficult time adjusting to 20 hours of sunlight!

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      • Most people, when they first move up here, have trouble with the long days in summer, or the long nights in winter. Many move away after just one year. But those who stay get used to it, and don’t really notice it anymore, until you talk to southerners, or when you travel at least 500 miles south. Then it hits you how different light and darkness become. Farmers love the longer hours in summer, their crops grow much better, but early frosts and snow are a major concern come harvest time. As Anna Roseannadanna’s aunt used to say, “There’s always something!”

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  2. I can never decide. I hate the part where it gets dark sooner at night, but since I’m a disgustingly early riser having it light at 6 AM instead 7 AM is a bonus, since my cat does not tell time and only knows that he wants to go OUT NOW, regardless of how dark it is. Not gonna happen.

    And in the spring it’s a treat to get the hour back in the evening. My only compromise would be to split the difference by a 1/2 hour and leave it there.

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    • I’m also an early riser so from that perspective, I do like the mornings being a bit brighter on Standard Time. But by the same token, since it’s winter, the days are fairly dark anyway so I’m not sure it makes all that much difference. I just wish we could stick to the same “time” all year round. The switch is a pain in the you-know-where for more reasons than one. (And yes, having pets definitely puts a different slant on things.)

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  3. I wish they’d set it and forget it. I have trouble with adjusting to the switch, and all it is is numbers on a clock—and the clock that runs our modern life should not fiddled. We’re already adjusting to the shorter days, then you have to all the sudden get up an hour earlier.

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  4. I kinda wish they’d stop doing it. Really makes no sense to me as to why they continue to do this. Or, like Shakespeare once said to his girlfriend, Betty Bootybouncer, “Betty, I think they should knock off changing the clocks back and forth an hour ever fall and spring. It bothers me. Now, let’s go get some tea, OK?”

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  5. I always see it as a mistake, that we end daylight savings time when we need it the most.

    Actually, we really should just switch to UTC the year around. Then everybody everywhere would know what time it is, because it would be the same for everyone. Set starting time for work, school, etc., according to local circumstances, but stick to UTC for time.

    Time zones were fine before there was an Internet. But they no longer make sense.

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    • Wow! Adjusting to UTC would really be a big step. It would take major adjustments … and I’m not sure how well most people would handle it. But yes, a “standardized” time would be nice overall.

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  6. Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, We’ve been on Daylight saving times for a month (starts on the last Sunday of September and ends on the first Sunday of April). I know dairy farmers are not keen on it as cows don’t seem to be able to read clocks. There’s also a town here that has decided to ignore daylight saving completely.

    However, for most people its great as there’s an extra hour after work in which to enjoy the outdoors. In the part of the country where I live, it means up to 5 hours of daylight after work finishes. That’s a lot of time in which to partake of outdoors activity.

    Of course, if you have kids, it does make getting them to bed at a reasonable time very difficult, if not impossible, but hey nothing’s perfect.

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    • You bring out some good points, Barry. Especially the part about the kids. Altho’ mine are all adults now, I do remember the hassles surrounding bedtime in the summer. But even for adults who work and have to get up very early, it’s often difficult to fall asleep with the sun still brightly shining.

      For me, I think I prefer staying on the same time all year round.

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      • Kiwis seem to have a different attitude to daylight saving than many of the sentiments expressed in these comments.

        A 2008 survey found that 82% of New Zealanders approved of the 2007 extension to the period of daylight saving time and a full 90% approved of daylight saving time. Perhaps we make more outdoor use of the daylight than does the typical American?

        The rationale for changing the time over the summer months is that more sunlight hours will fall in the early morning if standard time is applied year round. In summer, these early morning sunlight hours are seen as being wasted as many people are asleep at that time. If the sunlight hours are shifted to the evening, by way of daylight saving time, they are more useful.

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  7. As an apparent Agent of Debauchery, Hedonism, Pluralism, Satan, Sorcery & Art, Liberation & Libertine Excesses 😈😎, as my accusers describe it in so many ways, this is MY sentiment about your question:

    I enjoy the extended nocturnal hours for fun and games!!!

    (lifts his arms and hands to the full moon and maniacally laughs with pleasure!)

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    • Debauchery, Hedonism, Pluralism, Satan, Sorcery & Art, Liberation & Libertine Excesses

      All very noble pursuits, but does changing the clocks really contribute anything to their fulfillment? The night is the same length regardless of what number the little hand is pointing to when it starts and ends, and the Moon is just as full (of whatever it’s full of). You don’t seem like the kind of man to be much concerned with such mundane considerations.

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  8. I live in Queensland Australia not to far from the boarder of New South Wales and they change to DS in summer and we do not. If I go anywhere near the boarder my phone automatically adjusts itself forwards one hour and totally confuses my small brain. NZ has had DS for many years where I used to live, and I would stay up drinking that extra one or two beers thinking it was not very late and for a few mornings I would wake thinking I had missed out on sleep until I got used to it. Personally, I would rather not have DS.

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    • First, let me say I envy your home location. I visited Australia several years ago and loved it! Of course it’s not perfect (nothing is), but I totally enjoyed the people and the land. Under different life circumstances, I’d probably think seriously of moving there. But … *sigh*

      Now … as to your comment. I agree. I would prefer countries/governments completely did away with DST. It’s a pain in the you-know-where for more reasons than one.

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  9. I wish they’d quit putting the clocks backward and forward every few months. It’s a pointless nuisance adjusting to it each time. The amount of actual light and dark time in the day is the same regardless.

    I’ve heard that Europe is planning to stop doing the clock changes soon. As usual, they’re ahead of us.

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    • Yes, I just read something about that as well. Perhaps (fingers crossed) the idea will catch on sometime here in the next 10 years … but I’m not going to hold my breath. (As you’ve probably noticed from my other comments, I prefer to stay on Standard Time.)

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    • Yes, if I remember correctly, it did have something to do with electrical consumption. But that reason seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle over the years … so I agree. Time to drop it.

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  10. Though, the part of the world I live in don’t have DST, maybe that’s the reason I never understood the whole point of it.
    I learnt about it in geography class but I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of changing the clock at different times of the year. I think it doesn’t really matter what you set the clock to as the earth light and dark cycle doesn’t care what your clock says

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  11. It’s not clear that it makes a difference anymore so I’d rather get rid of it. But it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference to me. It doesn’t create more or less daylight, only changes when it occurs, which was the point of saving electricity. It was something that the U.S. did to model after Germany, but they are a much smaller geographic region, so it might have made more sense for them. The idea is that for at least part of the year by having more daylight in the evening, when most people are at home using electricity they would use a lot less of it. Whereas in winter, it’s just always dark anyway, so the electricity savings aren’t really there so they move the clocks back to save on some electricity usage in the morning.

    If it still saves energy, I’d be all for it, but I am not sure that it does anymore. Honestly I don’t see us still doing it, just out of tradition, so I imagine someone is keeping an eye out for the difference it makes. That’s probably naive though. lol

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  12. No; we should stop moving the clock, as Europe apparently is going to do.

    We’re such a 24×7 culture now, I’d be surprised if this saves any significant money. But think about the total hassle across the U.S. when a certain % of people forget, and show up to their events on Sunday at the wrong time. Or I remember the Sunday in fall one year when we were looking forward to our extra hour of sleep, and my wife’s phone had a bug where it went the wrong way and her alarm rang *2 hours earlier* than it should have.

    Also: There have been studies done which show that accident rates bump up slightly on the two days when we switch and switch back. That’s a real cost, and somewhat of an ethical issue as well.

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