Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday


Photo I. Hanewicz

Daylight savings time ensures sunny views like this will happen later in the day.

Leana Pustam, Staff Writer

This Sunday, March 8, is the second Sunday of March. This is also the day that Florida, as well as most of the country, starts daylight saving time, “springing ahead” and changing clocks an hour forward.

Daylight Saving Time was created to make better use of sunlight during the spring and summer. The idea was first introduced by Benjamin Franklin. It was determined that more people are awake during sunset than during sunrise, so it was decided to have more sunlight available later in the day.

In 1918, the first act in the US was passed to start daylight saving time. Over the years, the idea proved to be safer, but more importantly, more energy efficient.

For students, however, the change in light meant also meant a change in their social lives.

“It’s more complicated for me to stay out late because my mom is more protective over [me], and my curfew would extend since there’s more daylight at night,” said Alexis Walker (’15).

Many people complain about the start of daylight saving time because they lose an hour of sleep, and people that go to work on Sundays and Mondays may be tired because of a change in their sleeping schedule.

“I prefer doing stuff at night in the dark, so I like the regular hour in the morning,” said Tiara Taylor (’17). “I don’t like the time changes either because they mess up my schedule.”

Not all students like the extra hour earlier, however.

“I prefer the extra hour [of daylight in the evening],” said Zackary Register (’17). “You get more daylight to be out with friends and to do various activities.”