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Daylight Saving Time is here—and not everyone is thrilled about it
It’s back, and it’s absolutely horrible.
Daylight Saving Time is officially upon us, and a whole lot of people are unhappy. At 2:00a.m. on Sunday morning, the clocks were pushed forward by one hour, costing millions upon millions of people a precious hour of shut-eye and screwing up their sleep rhythms. While whining about an hour of sleep may seem a little silly, the shift over to DST is no laughing matter—it’s associated with an increase in traffic accidents as well as medical conditions like heart attacks, which are more likely to occur when someone is fatigued.
Ever since Daylight Saving Time was first made U.S. law in 1918 (happy 100th birthday, DST?!), different cities and states have handled the switch differently, with Arizona and Hawaii settling on permanent, year-round DST to maximize late-afternoon daylight hours and avoid the grueling “spring forward” that most of the country is experiencing right now. It’s telling that even on the centennial anniversary of the practice, countless social media users are having trouble finding anything positive about the current situation.
When we switch to DST, I lose an hour of sleep and then another hour of my life liking every tweet about DST.
— Becca Frasier (@bexmix) March 11, 2018
For the love of Pete! Can we here in Cali please stay on DST like AZ! Really! It’s such eyewash. I’m sick and tired of changing clocks twice a year! And I don’t care what the reason is behind it. The others get along just fine. Carry on…CHANGING YOUR FRIGGIN’ CLOCKS!!!
— Mark Grant (@Mudcat55) March 11, 2018
Places where Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a good idea. pic.twitter.com/X1z1HxI45B
— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) March 9, 2018
wait did I just lose an hour of sleep on daylight savings??? that’s rude plz give it back
— lauren ✄ (@laurDIY) March 11, 2018
— Norm Kelly (@norm) March 10, 2018
How dare you take an hour away from me that I could have used scrolling zombielike through my socials
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) March 11, 2018
One idea that a lot of people seem to support is the entire nation switching over to permanent DST the way Arizona and Hawaii do, thus ensuring more sunshine at the end of each day, and no absolutely ghoulish theft of an hour every spring. Of course, that would also cost everyone the giddy thrill of gaining an hour every fall, but that’s a trade-off plenty of people seem willing to make.
Now that we're in daylight saving time, my yearly reminder that we should never fall back and this should just be the time.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) March 11, 2018
props to Arizona for defying Daylight Savings time! 🥊
— Alex Aiono (@alexaiono) March 11, 2018
reason #48291 why arizona is the best: we don't do weird unnecessary things like daylight savings
— dj (@laneymarshall_) March 11, 2018
Might move to Arizona or Hawaii til this whole DST thing blows over.
— AphroHeidi (@HeidiByNature) March 11, 2018
Was just told by my brother-in-law that daylight savings doesn't exist in Hawaii therefore I don't lose an hour of sleep tonight. WINNING.
— Shannon Morse (@Snubs) March 11, 2018
In short, anyone who lives in one of those two states gets to feel like they’re cheating the rest of the country the second Sunday in March because they don’t have to endure the staggering injustice of having an hour of sleep plucked away from them. To be clear, DST is not a global phenomenon, although some countries other than the United States adhere to it, too; approximately 70 percent of the world’s countries have some sort of daylight saving time.
Chris Tognotti is a frequent contributor for the Daily Dot. He’s a news and current events writer based out of Berkeley, California, and a co-host of the podcast Now We Know. While he specializes in domestic politics and opinion writing, he’s also savvy on sports, video games, and film.