The clock JUMPED forward by an hour!

Previously, I would wonder… like seriously?! How can humans willingly deceive themselves and make the clock jump forward or go back by an hour?! Isn’t this just pure deception? Is there any logic behind this?!

I come from a country where it is just one season all year round! Yeah, Summer! The closest to another season, let’s just say, slighhhhtttt change (nothing dramatic) in weather is Harmattan! …. And the change is still summer temperature in comparison to Canada, around 23C to 28C. We also have sunshine in abundance! So the whole “daylight saving” and clock jumping forward/back by an hour, has never made any sense to me!

Recently, the clock moved forward by an hour in March. Sunday, March 12th to be exact.

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At 1:59:59am, the clock read 3:00:00am, the minute after. In other words, that day had 23-hours, instead of 24 hours! The map app on my phone got the memo earlier than my phone time. My phone adjusted much later in the day. I woke up fuzzy and was not sure which one was accurate, although I knew what was to happen before I slept the day before. My phone clock was showing 8am, while the map displayed 9am. During the course of the day, I noticed they both synced. Basically, this particular night, I slept one hour less!

In trying to educate myself of the logic behind this practice, here are some things I found out: #StayCurious #StayLearning!

  • DST (Daylight Saving Time) is the practice during summer months where the clock is adjusted by one hour. By doing this, evening daylight lasts one hour longer. Before the start of spring, sometime in March, the clock is adjusted to one hour earlier; then, at autumn, the clock is adjusted back by one hour to standard time.
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Image source: Wikipedia

One would notice here in Canada, that it takes longer before it gets dark in the evenings, now that we are in “Spring” (it still feels like Winter on some days though – we are all impatiently waiting for the real Spring feeling). Whereas, winter time it gets dark so early, at about 4pm.

Last winter, one guy on the bus joked, that he had a miserable life and little wonder he was depressed. He mentioned that he left home about 7:30am in darkness, got in to work before 8am, and closed from work at 4pm to darkness! Meaning, he did not see daylight in 24hours cycle repeatedly… that what a life he had! I felt bad for him!

The upside is, in spring/summer, you can use all the daylight you like, after work hours.

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Sunset @ 8:44pm – Still so bright

 

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8:44pm – facing the sun!

You would notice that if your computer (or watch) is set to the time-zones that obey daylight saving, the computer will automatically adjust itself at the start/end of DST. Some early advocates of daylight saving had the reasoning that it helped save the use of other forms of energy, especially when you have daylight (and as a plus, if the weather is good!)

  • As one moves far away from the equator, the effect of DST becomes more pronounced. For areas like Nunavut, Alaska, in higher altitudes, no amount of manipulation by daylight saving will make much difference. They generally experience little daylight all year round, and the difference in the length of daylight/darkness experienced, are really obvious with the different seasons. DST benefits can be felt based on how far you are to the equator #Geography. Are we still together?

These days, you will normally start your activities one hour earlier, and have to yourself, one hour of daylight at the end of the day to do whatever you please. Make sense? Who wouldn’t prefer the extra daylight at the end of 9 -5 work day? But beware, because before you blink, it’s 9pm and you haven’t even started winding down to rest for the next day’s work! And for businesses like tourism, hospitality and the likes, it’s a benefit to them, as more people may engage in some after-work leisure, taking advantage of the daylight after 5pm.

  • As with many things in life, there is some politics associated with DST, with some people being strong advocates and others, critics of the practice. Also, there are studies claiming it has economic effects, public safety advantages, and health effects such as reduced depression.
  • The origin of DST can be traced to Benjamin Franklin, back in 1874 when he proposed using early sunlight and fewer candles by rising early to use morning sunlight. Also, in 1895, George Hudson proposed a two-hour daylight savings.

This man was an insect catcher (something he did after work hours, and after-hours daylight meant he could use his leisure time for this).

There are many other proponents of the practice in history.

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Image source: Wikipedia
  • DST was cancelled in Russia in Year 2014. Asia and Africa do not observe DST. So, it’s a minimal quantity in the world that practice DST, compared to the whole population. Infact, some regions have stayed in permanent DST (e.g. Turkey, Argentina, and Singapore) and chose not to change the clock back.

 

  • DST is usually observed at midnight & weekend to minimize disruptions to normal weekly activities.

We were 7hrs. behind Nigerian time before the recent DST, now we are 6hrs. behind, and will return to 7hrs. behind when the clock is changed back in November.

So I look forward to the 25hours day coming up in the near future!

I hope you have learnt a thing or two, about this practice!

Makes sense, doesn’t make, or doesn’t matter? 🙂

{P.S: Of course, the internet is your friend if you decide you want to learn more on this topic!}

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