The truth about whether we really need daylight saving time

By Nicholas Cardona, Buzz60

It happens every year. We all complain about it. And almost everything you've been told about it is wrong.

It's daylight saving time, when you are supposed to move your clocks forward this time of year.

This annual ritual, where you spend half of a day not knowing what time it is, has been around for a while.

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Benjamin Franklin essentially came up with this glorious time exchange in 1741, when he was an ambassador for Paris.Though it wasn't until World War I that Europe truly started to implement Daylight Saving Time in order to bolster their war efforts.

DST before 2007 used to fall a few days before Halloween, but since the holiday tends to come with increased accidents it was moved to the first Sunday in November, according to Acurite.

Though, some dispute that the change was made to allow Trick or Treaters to stay out longer. 

Circa 1955: Silhouette of a witch on a broomstick flying over the skyline of New York City, Halloween.

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Arizona and Hawaii are the only two U.S. states that don't observe Daylight Saving Time. Pro: they don't have to worry about changing their clocks. Con: they never 'gain an hour.'

When World War II came around-- saving time was fashionable again and everyone wanted to get their hands on daylight saving time. However, it was near complete confusion in the United States-- there was no uniformity. According to Live Science, "One 35-mile bus ride from Moundsville, W.Va., to Steubenville, Ohio, took riders through no less than seven different time changes."

It was officially adopted by the U.S. in 1966. 

DST can affect the time you're born-- on paper that is. A baby could be born at 1:55 a.m. during daylight saving time, with another born ten minutes later, marked as 1:05 a.m.

Freaky, huh?

We hate to be that person-- but Daylight Saving Time is not plural, though many say and spell it as such. So, if you want to be that person you can spend the day correcting all of your friends when they say "daylight savings time."
Many countries near the equator do not adjust their clocks for daylight saving. Japan and China don't observe DST at all, and Antarctica doesn't either.

The idea was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. It was first implemented the U.S. in 1918 with the idea of saving fuel and money.

Daylight saving time doesn't save energy.

The National Bureau of Standards say it has no effect at all on our electricity usage. In fact it may actually go up

A study in 2011 even found after some Indiana counties began started to observe daylight saving time, electricity usage actually went up almost 4%.

One other thing! It's daylight saving time, not daylight savings time. No 's'.

Daylight saving time starts at 2:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Sunday, March 12, 2017. You can set your clock forward one hour to 3:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). editors contributed to this report.

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