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This is an Anti-Daylight Saving Time PSA

This week, Megan took us through the wondrous history of Daylight Saving Time. As someone who’s only experienced this phenomenon three times in my life, I’m always a bit taken aback when the clocks change an hour. I’m from Arizona — where I had never turned clocks back or forward — but I’ve moved to Edinburgh, Scotland for university. Our clocks turn back a week before the U.S., which makes time and space an even more confusing concept. Living in a city up north, daylight time is usually either painfully short or gloriously long. In the winter, those short daylight hours are precious. And Daylight Saving Time makes sudden changes in daylight hours far more noticeable.

While it’s nice to wake up when it’s light out, sunset moved from 6:30 to 5:30 PM in the matter of a day last week. That’s just sacrilegious. Excuse my ignorance, but shouldn’t we set the clocks forward nowadays? I totally understand how Daylight Saving Time might help farmers in the mornings, but we night owls can’t really catch a break here. I’ve definitely had days where I have not seen the sun, and Daylight Saving is partly to blame for that mess.

I usually don’t say this, but Arizona definitely has the right idea here. Why mess with the clocks when the world seemed perfectly fine to me without turning back time? Especially living in a place where daylight is so finicky, Daylight Saving has become a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

Do you agree? Should we abolish Daylight Saving? Or is there something good about it that I’m missing here?

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Written by Marina Martinez

Arizonan student at the University of Edinburgh, dog lover, desert rat, meme aficionado and coffee enthusiast.

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