Daylight Saving Time

By: TIME
By: TIME

Daylight Saving Time is upon us and many of us are constantly asking ourselves why? Why do we fall back or spring forward?

To start things off, DTS(Daylight Savings Time) is this weekend, November 2nd into the 3rd. Saturday night going into Sunday, to be exact. And since we spring forward and fall back, we’ll all be setting our clocks back Sunday fall morning to get an extra hour of sleep.

Daylight Saving Time dates back to the "olden" days when we did everything based on when we had sunlight. It got more serious when Benjamin Franklin decided to be “that guy,” suggesting we all get up earlier to save money on candles. Turns out, this was a major slap in the face to all of the people who love to sleep in.

DST was officially implemented during World War I, when countries started setting their clocks back to save on coal. Daylight Saving was eventually repealed during peacetime, and then revived again during World War II. More than 70 countries currently practice Daylight Saving Time, because they think it saves money on electricity (in the U.S., Arizona and Hawaii have opted out).

But studies show that Daylight Saving Time actually results in a one percent overall increase in residential electricity. And that it messes with sleeping patterns. Oh, and also it may cause heart attacks, according to the American Journal of Cardiology. So it’s no surprise that more and more countries are re-evaluating whether or not to hold on to this relic from the past.

One of the main questions we are asked is, "Does your phone automatically update for Daylight Saving Time?" According to Chief Meteorologist Shel Winkley,"In this day and age it should."

And, actually, yes, it does.

Read more: Daylight Saving Time: TIME Explains | TIME.com


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