By Kate Avera
Every year, Virginians and many other people do the rotation of daylight savings. But, have you ever stopped to wonder, why do we do this? I am going to try to answer the most frequently asked questions, from the history of daylight savings to specific places that do not participate in this event.
History of Daylight Savings
In 1905, an Englishman named William Willett suggested that England should promote time change by shifting the “big hand” the clocks by 80 minutes between April and October. This was so people could have more sunlight in the day. Willett spent most of his life trying to develop this adaptation, such as making a brochure on the advantages of daylight savings. Unfortunately, in 1915, at the age of 58, Willett died without ever seeing his idea come to life. Although many thought that Willett’s idea would die with him, it did not. Germany picked up Willetts idea and on April 30th, 1916, DST (Daylight Saving time) officially started.
What places don’t participate in Daylight Savings?
Although it seems like everybody participates in daylight savings, that is not true. When DST started, it was kind of like a trend—a trend that eventually got old. So, as a result, most countries decided to stop participating in DST. Some of these countries include China, most of Russia, almost all of Africa, and South America! In the United States, Hawaii and Arizona are the only 2 states that do not practice daylight savings. If you would like the complete list of countries that do or do not participate in DST, click here.
Is DST actually good for us?
There have been many contradicting opinions on whether DST is beneficial. DST can affect your health, mostly in a bad way. Daylight Savings increases stroke and heart attack rate at both the beginning and end of DST. Lack of sleep happens to most teens. And of course, headaches. However, Daylight Savings is also good in some ways. You get more light in the day—sunlight has proven to put more people in a good mood. Daylight Savings helps with agriculture and farming, and plants need sunlight to grow. Additionally, the day is relatively longer.