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Daylight Saving Time 2015

It’s that time of year again! On Sunday, March 8 at 2 AM, it's time to set your clocks forward one hour for most of those living in the United States. The observance of Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been surrounded by controversy ever since it was first proposed in 1895. The initial motivation appears to be that changing the time on the clock will allow you to start the workday earlier and thereby extend the useful amount of daylight for afternoon and evening recreation. However, recreation alone did not hold enough sway to help Daylight Saving Time to become law. DST did gain traction and adoption by several countries during World War I as a way to conserve energy (less coal burning). Interestingly enough, many countries that used DST during the war abandoned its use after the war ended.  However, in the 1970’s the use of DST regained popularity in North America and Europe as a result of the energy crisis at the time and has remained a practice to this day.

The study of the effects from observing Daylight Saving Time has been the subject of many studies, such as health impact, public safety, economic trends, software adaptation, and even travel coordination studies. While these studies illuminate some interesting facts, the debate over the benefits of Daylight Saving Time appears far from over.