Where Did Daylight Savings Time Come From?


On March 31, 1918, daylight saving time was put into effect for the first time in the United States. Daylight savings time is the practice of moving clocks during the summer months ahead by one hour so that evening daylight lasts an hour longer. Benjamin Franklin proposed a form of daylight savings time in an essay he wrote in 1784. In it, he jokingly suggested that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning sunlight instead. Since this practice was put into place over 100 years ago, at a time when we didn't have air conditioning, LED light bulbs and not nearly as much sleep deprivation as we do today, a big question to ask is, is daylight savings time still worth the hassle?
 

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