While I normally write about things I recommend, I want to have more variation. I will continue to do recommendations of things I come across, but I also want to post my findings of questions that I have (on any topic). These are not questions unique to myself; however, I have taken the time to research the topics and find out the answers. When I find an article that has been written about the subject, I will simply summarize the findings and direct you to the article (for further investigation).
Yesterday, daylight savings happened in most of the US, but not in Hawaii. While this helps my school schedule because now I do not have to wake up so early for classes, I never knew why Hawaii did not change its clocks while most of the other states in the US do.
It turns out, Hawaii does not follow daylights savings time because Hawaii does not experience much fluctuation in sunrise and sunset time compared to the rest of the US.
According to a recent article, most of the rest of the US incorporates daylight savings time to promote people going outdoors while it is still lit, and to allow people to still shop while the sun is still out in the evenings.
In a recent article by Time Magazine, they said the concept of daylight savings time was put into place during World War I, and it was originally pitched as a way to save fuel.
However, nowadays daylight savings time is considered controversial, and a lot of states are considering not implementing it anymore. According to many sleep experts, the problem occurs in the spring, when the clocks are moved forward an hour again. This can throw off people’s circadian rhythms, and they argue it is better to stick with one permanent time zone for the entire year. While this has not come to fruition throughout the US yet, daylight savings time has been getting moved further and further back each year, so it might happen at some point in the near future.
For now though, Hawaii will remain only two hours behind California, and five hours behind the East Coast, which is good for all of us taking classes from Hawaii!