This weekend, I will be (reluctantly) rolling back the clock one hour along with billions of other people around the world. Don’t get me wrong: I like gaining an extra hour of sleep in the morning as much as the next person. However, the effect wears off very quickly and I find the whole song and dance rather counter-productive, not to mention the now-well-documented ill affects on our health and accident rates. I just don’t think it’s a good idea when you actually consider the matter from all sides. And I’m not the only one.
I remember being surprised, years ago on a trip to the Grand Canyon, that the time on one side of the Hoover Dam was an hour ahead of the time on the other side of the Hoover Dam. That was because I was there during Daylight Saving Time (DST) and Arizona does not subscribe to that particular program. That got me thinking: who else out there disagrees with its usefulness and marches to their own drum?
Thanks to my best friend Google, I can report that quite a few people do not suffer the side effects of this arbitrary tradition:
USA (states and territories):
- Puerto Rico
- Virgin Islands
- American Samoa
- majority of Sascatchewan
- parts of northeastern BC
Most countries near the equator
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
Most of Africa
For some history and fun facts about daylight savings, see this great article from National Geographic.
Fun fact: only about 70% of countries observe DST.
While we’re at it, it’s Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.