Is anyone else feeling a bit tired today? Well it’s probably thanks to daylight savings. We lost an hour of sleep, and somehow that hour messes up an entire week. So why do we still do this event?

The creation of Daylight savings is a long one. Many sources credit Benjamin Franklin with being the first to suggest seasonal time change. However, the idea voiced by the American inventor and politician in 1784 can hardly be described as fundamental for the development of modern Day Light Savings Time. The original idea did not even involve turning the clocks. In a letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris, which was entitled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light”, Franklin simply suggested that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning. It almost meant it as a joke from Franklin.

George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895. The German Empire and Austria-Hungary organized the first nationwide implementation starting on April 30, 1916. Many countries have used it at various times since then. And yet only about 40% of the world actually follows DST. America being one of them.

With a long history it makes sense why this event has stayed popular in America, and yet only 28% of Americans still even support DST. I personally don’t care much about DST, but don’t fully support it. Those who do support it say the love to feel the affects of that extra hour of sun after the winter months. Saying it helps ad something to the new year.

While that extra hour of sun is nice, if they got ride of it I don’t think it would affect me at all. Are you apart of the 28% of Americans that's a fan of Daylight Savings time? Or could you care less?

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