Set Your Clocks Forward On Sunday – Daylight Savings Time [Random DST Info]
Some would consider this Sunday the worst day of the year. I would say EVERYBODY considers it the worst day, but I don't want to speak for everybody. So I'll go with Fox News' roundabout way of insinuating it's the worst day. Anyway, Sunday is the day we set our clocks an hour ahead, lose an hour of sleep, and make ourselves tired and miserable for a week. As data has it, this little hour costs us money. And it turns out that the majority of the world doesn't even use Daylight Savings Time. Weird. Details below.
According to a new study, losing just that one hour is going to cost the U.S. $434 MILLION. That's based on an estimate of lost productivity, and the costs incurred from the increase in heart attacks and the increase in injuries in mining and construction jobs.
The study reveals that, big mining town, Morgantown, West Virginia has the highest cost of the lost hour per capita. Changing the time will cost every person in Morgantown $3.38.
But it can't cost everyone that much can it? No. The cities with ZERO economic impact are all in Hawaii and Arizona. Why not them? Because they don't participate in Daylight Savings Time. Why don't they? I can't find a definitive answer, but it turns out that the majority of the world doesn't use Daylight saving time at all. North America, Europe, and Brazil take up most of the areas that use DST. Here's a map to show you.
What do you think? Should we give up on the daylight savings time? I've heard the reason to use it is to save on electricity because we follow the sun's pattern of providing us with light, and use it to its fullest. But, that seems too efficient to actually be true. That's just my random thought, not based on any facts. I'd love to hear your random insights below!