Daylight Saving Time Should Be Abolished Essay

1011 Words Dec 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Daylight Saving Time-- created as a way to conserve daylight and save energy is a practice that dates back to the early 1900s. Most countries have adapted to the practice of turning the clocks ahead one hour in the spring, and then turning them back an hour in the fall. Yet, there’s a lack of knowledge of how and why Daylight Saving Time came about, which has caused a lot of debate over whether it should end once and for all. Daylight Saving Time should be abolished as it has no purpose and causes a great deal of confusion and aggravation, as well as having negative effects on our health.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) has sparked controversy since Benjamin Franklin first proposed the idea at the beginning of 20th century (About Daylight...). It originated from the idea of saving on candles by conserving daylight in the evenings. Germany was the first country to actually implement DST in 1916; claiming it would conserve electricity and save fuel for the war. The UK soon followed implementing a similar system they called “summer time”. DST in the U.S. first occurred in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to help support the war effort initiative (Klein). DST is used by over 70 countries today, which brings up the question of its value. Saving fuel during World War 1 makes reasonable sense, but why is it still a widely accepted practice?

Contrary to popular belief DST was not intended to benefit farmers. Many people have this idea in their minds that…

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