So it's daylight savings time again, and this can be confusing for a lot of people. It's hard to know if you should set your clocks back or forward. I'd like to tell you i figured out a tricky mnemonic or phrase to keep it straight, but i'm just as lost as the rest of the world. Thank goodness for Google. Which brings up an interesting point. That most Americans and dare I say it people around the world don't remember simple things because they just don't have to. It's so much easier to just look something up use the knowledge you gain from it and then forget it. Which raises the question does that make us dumber for not knowing the answer, or does that mean we are so evolved that we don't have too. In a pinch a lot of people would be screwed. It's like if you had to survive in the wild you would die because you couldn't google "how to survive in the wild". I like to think that people could adapt to the situation and summon up old knowledge that they didn't know they had. However, i wouldn't want to be that person. Just in case you are wondering and too lazy to google it we are setting the clocks back one hour. I would tell you that means you gain an hour but that's more confusing than saying if it's 11pm now set your clocks to 10pm.
Also, on a related note scientist have determined that quite a bit of energy, and money is saved because of daylight savings time.
"The Department of Energy studied the energy savings in 2008. They found that during daylight saving time, U.S. electricity use decreased by 0.5 percent per day, which added up to 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours, enough to power about 122,000 average U.S. homes for a year."
While that is all well and good the stress of losing the hour of sleep is not good, because our biological clock can't be changed as quickly. It takes adjustment and planning to not be put off at least for a few days by the change. Losing one hour of sleep is a small inconvenience in the grand scheme of things, but the question is worth considering if it is worth the cost. Many people believe that daylight savings time should be done away with all together, and I wouldn't mind seeing it gone. For now however you don't have to like it, but if you don't want to be ridiculously early or late you'd better stick to it.