As with so many things, Chris Martin is to blame for this too (Shutterstock/ Jorge Pedro Barradas de Casais )
Sometime during that nebulous post-SNL zone between 1 and 2 a.m. Saturday night/Sunday morning, it'll be time to turn the clocks forward one hour for daylight saving time (not savings ), the biggest chronological scam in history. More enlightened states such as Arizona and Hawaii have cast off the chains of DST, but NY is still pointlessly tethered to it. We agree that it's great to leave work and still have an hour or two of sunlight, but this country (and NYC in particular) doesn't need to abide by the antiquated DST system anymore to be able to get that.
- 7. DST was designed to give people more time in sunlight, and ostensibly to conserve energy—but many prominent studies have proven we get little if any benefits from the practice. A U.S. Department of Transportation study in the 1970s concluded that total electricity savings associated with daylight saving time amounted to about 1
percent in the spring and fall months—and that was offset by the increase in air-conditioner use.
- 10. Oh, and you know what backs that up? Experts say that traffic accidents tend to spike the first Monday after daylight saving time, as motorists struggle with an hour less sleep and darker early morning road conditions. So DST leads to death and destruction even without bringing the rats and aliens into this.
- 15. America is falling behind the more enlightened, anti-DST parts of the world: Slate points out a 2011 study in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics that states students in counties where DST was observed had SAT scores that were 2 percent lower than those of students who didn't have to spring forward or fall back. DST is literally making us stupider.
- 16. Stupider AND less productive: the sleepiness of DST results in an acute spike in "cyberloafing," according to a 2012 report in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Don't you waste enough time doing that during work year-round as it is? Can you really afford to be clicking around on listicles even more?
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