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Unraveling the Myths and Realities of Daylight Saving Time: From Franklin’s Idea to Modern Debates

“Daylight Saving Time (DST)” is a ritual observed by most states in America, where we adjust our clocks to make better use of the sunlight. The end of DST, often referred to as “falling back,” takes place on November 5. Clocks are rolled back, thus heralding the onset of Standard Time.

Although Benjamin Franklin is often connected with the inception of DST, it’s important to debunk this myth. Franklin merely suggested the idea of making better use of daylight, but he was not behind the implementation of DST.

The question of whether we gain or lose an hour during the “fall back” is a common puzzle. As DST ends, we technically gain an hour that was “lost” when we “sprang forward” at the start of DST. However, our biological clocks might experience a disturbance due to this disruption of our normal circadian rhythm.

Interestingly, since 2018, many states have proposed or passed legislation to eradicate the bi-annual clock adjustment. This suggests a growing discontent with the time-shift tradition. However, until any change is enacted, we continue to observe DST, with its end in 2023 approaching where most clocks will fall back an hour.

Understanding the end of DST helps us comprehend the importance of time and the impact of its changes on our daily routines. It also sheds light on the ongoing debates about the necessity of this practice.


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