Losing an hour of sleep? For people working from home is not a big deal but for the rest of us it means a lot.
There are a few bills filed ahead of various states legislative sessions in the US to keep Daylight Saving Time year round. Why? Because it is simpler and seems that people prefer light periods more.
For example two Louisiana representatives want the time change to be a permanent fixture: “I had some seniors ask me just a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting a nursing home if we could keep the Daylight Saving Time all year because their loved ones come to visit and they want to get home before dark, and it really cuts it short, and I just think people are in a happier mood, maybe less crime, I’m not sure,” said State Representative Dodie Horton R-District 9.
Rep. Shane Mack said to the media that “So many people in my district work in the metropolitan area, they work in a chemical plant, and when they get home in the evenings, it’s 5:30, 6 o’clock, it’s dark, and they would like to enjoy that daylight like they do in the spring and the summer.”.
So until now 39 states in the US have proposed legislation and nine states have enacted legislation to provide for year-round daylight saving time, if Congress were to allow such a change.
It’s a popular myth that Daylight Saving Time is for farmers. This practice—which only became regular in 1966 and it was challenged by farmers and it is increasingly being challenged by modern society.
Today, as a modern society with many of us working from anywhere, the energy argument could become obsolete. In terms of work, we’re not really a 9 to 5 society anymore!