Daylight Saving Time Tweets That Show No One Can Agree On Whether To Love Or Hate It
For such a seemingly innocuous little brainchild meant for the noble task of sparing electricity, daylight saving time (DST) is quite the divisive issue. Still, whether they believe that this manipulation of the clocks unnecessarily messes with natural body rhythms or rejoice in the extra hour of sunlight it offers each day for a chunk of the year, most Americans must recognize that it's coming to a close Nov. 6, and that "falling back" will once again mean that the cold, barren days of winter will become darker, too. Clearly, change is hard — even when it happens, like, ahem, clockwork every year — and the innumerable daylight saving time tweets currently circulating social media show that no one can agree on whether to love or hate that extra hour of sleep.
In every state except Arizona and Hawaii, which don't recognize DST, Americans set their clocks forward on the second Sunday of March. The hour of sleep that's obliterated that one night of the year is the tradeoff for even more sunlight at the end of many following days, just as Benjamin Franklin intended when he first conceived of the idea way back in 1784, according to CNN. That seems like an all-around party to me, but some buzzkill German researchers recently found people never fully acclimate to this change.
"When you change clocks to daylight saving time, you don't change anything related to sun time," Till Roenneberg of Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich told ABC News. "This is one of those human arrogances — that we can do whatever we want as long as we are disciplined. We forget that there is a biological clock that is as old as living organisms, a clock that cannot be fooled."
Still, my people are unwaveringly pro-sunlight:
Daylight Saving Time is upon us... The promised golden age of eternal sunlight and warmth. Rejoice and praise Ra, the Sun-God— Lexacutable (@LxFrancis) October 2, 2016
why can't we just have daylight saving time all year round? is this some kind of conspiracy— Robert Piss (@marrowing) October 3, 2016
I've decided I'm a single-issue voter. I'll vote for the candidate who promises to implement year-round daylight saving time.— Justin Nowicki (@Yeswicki) September 20, 2016
Why can't we do #DaylightSavingTime every Sunday morning?— David Amber (@DavidAmber) November 6, 2016
Thinking about all I can do with an extra hour of sleep...Before rolling back over and going back to bed. #DaylightSavingTime— Evan Cole (@evancolemusic1) November 6, 2016
The night we've been waiting for teachers.... #DaylightSavingTime— TeacherProblems (@Blond_Teacher) November 6, 2016
It's about to come to an end, though. On Nov. 6, Americans will gain one hour of sleep in exchange for setting back their clocks at 2 a.m. to ensure an even more painfully early sunset each evening (or even afternoon) until DST returns in March 2017. And that's just fine for those who believe that DST never should have started to begin with:
As if 2016 couldn't get any longer, #DaylightSavingTime wants us to live one more extra hour.— Laurie Crosswell (@lauriecrosswell) November 6, 2016
How do I set my cats back an hour? #DaylightSavingTime— Kaleigh Keeton (@KaleighCordial) November 6, 2016
Over a minute into #DaylightSavingTime, and I'm still absentmindedly dating my checks 2:01 AM— Emo Philips (@EmoPhilips) November 6, 2016
If I ran for President.. movie theaters would drop their concession stand prices by 50% and I would get rid of Daylight Saving Time.— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) September 16, 2016
There are no words to describe my disappointment that I'm working 13 hours tonight #DaylightSavingTime— Nursing Problems (@Nursing_Prblems) November 6, 2016
There's no denying, though, that there's something uniquely depressing about realizing that the end of daylight saving time means that we're all about to turn into Vitamin-D-deficient vampires. Oh, is that just me?
Tonight's sunset in Syracuse was 7:01 PM. Tomorrow, the sunset is 6:59 PM. The next sunset past 7 PM will be Mar. 12 (daylight saving time).— Brian Donegan (@WxBrianD) September 23, 2016
According to Live Science, research has suggested that DST can cut down on the number of car accidents, because less darkness means that there are fewer cars on the road during the darkness. Also, the extra hour of sunlight it affords us between March and November could make it possible for people who work full-time to embrace the opportunity to do some outdoor exercise while it's still light out.
But, the outlet reported, springing the clocks forward on that Sunday in March has also been associated with an uptick in heart attacks the following Monday, when the risk of suffering one went up 24 percent. Conversely, scientists found that there was a 21 percent decrease in heart attacks the Monday after DST ended in November, when people gained an hour of sleep.
Which is all quite distressing, and practically demands that we focus on simpler, happier topics. Like candy:
Mars once lobbied Congress to change the end of daylight saving time for extra light on Halloween, "a crucial day for selling confectionery"— Zoe Galland (@zoegalland) October 6, 2016
The the opportunity to rejoice in being lazy:
Daylight Saving Time rocks. It even makes laziness sound impressive. I did nothing for 24 hours? Not today. I did nothing for 25 hours!— Donna Cochran (@donnaduncan007) September 22, 2016
And the only upside to the end of daylight saving time — the hour of sleep we'll gain Nov. 6:
Already looking forward to that extra hour of sleep when daylight saving time ends.— Molly Cleveland (@mollycleveland_) September 26, 2016
Daylight saving time is most likely here to stay for the long haul, but next month we must kiss it goodbye, at least for a few months. I'll be one of the sun-lovers counting down the days until its March return.