Spring Forward, Fall Back, None of the Above?
TJM staff thoughts on Daylight Saving Time
Does anybody really know what time it is?
Ah, yes, that great Chicago song really sums it up, doesn’t it? Springing forward messes with our heads in March, and falling back does so in November. Our staff has a few thoughts about Daylight Saving Time this month:
Hey! Not sure where this lands me, but I prefer more daylight in the evening. Once it gets dark my desire to be productive is gone. I guess I would probably be more lean on DST, because as it stands, the clock in my vehicle is only right 6 months out of the year, too much effort to keep changing it.
The fact that in 2023 we change our clocks around is absolutely ridiculous. I think any real reason for switching between Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time has been lost, and I have not heard one decent argument as to why we need to change time as we do.
We need to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. No one likes getting off work and having it be pitch black. Also, we live in Florida, the Sunshine State, built on tourism. It just makes sense to have the most daylight to allow for more time at the beach/river/theme park/etc. This would increase revenue from these activities, cut down on energy use for lighting, and all around benefit the economy.
And while I am a fan of DST personally, I do appreciate that Hawaii and Arizona are the only two states who have given up the absurd time change and are on permanent Standard Time.
I loathe switching for Daylight Saving. Particularly since having kids. At this point, I don't care which time it is, but please, pick one and stick to it. Getting a routine down and having to change it stinks.
I’m definitely a DST fan. I love having extra light in the evening to do things outdoors. Dark evenings a half hour after I leave work are not my cup of tea. I’ll take those nice, warm spring and summer evenings any day. Of course, I married someone who’s totally the opposite. She prefers early nights indoors. (She’s also a huge fan of snow, but I don’t think that’s too likely in Florida.)
I’m all for just keeping Daylight Saving Time. I prefer to have a few hours of daylight after work. It’s really nice to mow the lawn after work during the week so I don’t have to waste my weekend time. It’s also nice to be able to go out and enjoy a few hours doing something fun like the batting cages, fishing, or disc golf.