I've been seeing people whine about DST (particularly Americans) for the duration of me using the internet. Each year, as a depressed person I'm BAFFLED AS HECK, why? Each year people, continue to complain about it.
This year, is the first year I've seen "DST whiners" a little more descriptive in what they don't like about DST and if I'm reading it right, I'm shocked.
The VAST majority of people, /seem/ to be complaining about the END of DST and RETURNING TO NORMAL TIME,... for goodness @#%ing sakes.
We just entered DST here in Australia about a month ago, we put the clocks FORWARD in summer to gain an extra hour in the evening. (well you know what I mean)
The USA is putting their clocks BACK to NORMAL time and you're "losing" an hour of sun at night. You're about to enter winter.
What surprises me is the terminology that I've seen used for over a decade online, people complaining about DST. No, you don't dislike DST, most of you it seems, don't like the lack of sun in the evening, just like the rest of us.
Now bear with me, I realise it's "normal" time.
I realise we're "messing with a clock" and not gaining extra time
Arguably, we should just be doing things earlier, rather than messing with the clock.
That's all quite logical.
Life doesn't work that way though, you can't just mandate, that normal business hours are 8-4 from now on, everywhere. You can manipulate the time to create the illusion though.
As a person who suffers from SAD, I find it kind of a double slap in the face that when summer is ending and my evenings are becoming dark, cold and glum, "they" take ANOTHER hours sun from me, by putting the clocks back to normal. If anything we should be damn well doubling down on DST in the winter season.
The ability to do gardening, exercise, play with children, do general outdoor things is great.
Personally I couldn't care less if I'm going to work in the utter pitch black in the morning, it's that time in the evening I'd like to be able to utilise.
I know some of you don't like the act of changing it, regardless. Purely out of the inconvenience / confusion. Sure, ok more power to you. but those of you who do actually "hate DST" are you sure you actually don't love DST and hate "normal time"? because those of you responding to this in the Northern Hemisphere are about to enter normal time and OUT of DST.
Get your terminology correct.
- Baffled Australian.