Why Do We Have Daylight Savings Time?
Spring forward, fall back, why? It seems to affect most all of us and not in a good way. My wife takes weeks to adjust her sleep patterns, while my dogs don't like it at all. Especially, reverting back to Standard time. Dogs internal clocks, which amazingly are right on, don't like the waiting an extra hour for dinner.
I used to think the whole thing was to make it lighter in the morning so kids wouldn't have to go off to school in the dark. Well, it goes back much further than that.
Some think Benjamin Franklin is partially to blame. He thought we could make better use of our daylight by making the time adjustment to our wake up times. But Franklin isn't totally to blame.
A guy named George Hudson, a entomologist, introduced a proposal for the time change way back in 1895. He thought the extra daylight would give him more time to search out insects after work. Selfish bastard.
Germany adopted the Daylight Saving Time system in 1916. soon after the United States adopted the system as one way to conserve energy. Soon after, in 1919, the U.S. dropped it. Farmers didn't like it, as well as some businesses. Then it was left up to individual cities and states to use it or not.
In 1965, St Paul, MN used the Daylight Saving Time system and Minneapolis did not. How confusing would that have been?
in 1966, the Uniform Time Act was enacted to make Daylight Saving Time standardized across the country. According to the new law, Daylight Saving Time would start the last Sunday in April and end the last Sunday in October.
Currently, only Hawaii and Arizona do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
Short answer; There is no good reason for it.