Daylight Saving Time 2014: What to Do With Your Clocks This Weekend

sunset hawaiiThe time to spring forward has sprung! Well, it will this Sunday, March 9, when we officially get to turn our clocks forward and reap the bright and sunny pros of daylight saving time

Thankfully, most of us have smartphones that will switch over automatically, but I wouldn't blame you for wanting to double-check that you're completely on the ball! To preempt any clock confusion, here, six facts about what to do, when to do it, and, for the heck of it, why we do it!

  1. Daylight saving time 2014 will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9. At that time, you'll want to turn your clocks (or make sure "smart" clocks automatically turn) forward an hour.
  2. We "fall back" to standard time on Sunday, November 2.
  3. The federal government doesn't require U.S. states or territories to observe daylight saving time, so residents of Arizona (except for residents of the Navajo Indian Reservation), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands don't have to change their clocks this weekend.
  4. Ben Franklin is said to have proposed the notion of daylight saving time after he observed that the sun frequently rose before he did and that people could be more productive if daylight hours were shifted into the evening.
  5. The biggest misconception about daylight saving time -- besides referring to it as "daylight savings time" -- is that by shifting the clock, we change the number of hours of daylight. Not so. What is changing is how society organizes itself to take advantage of time.
  6. Turns out, it really is beneficial to make the change: "In a nationwide American time-use study, at the time of daylight saving time extension in the spring, television watching is substantially reduced and outdoor behaviors like jogging, walking, or going to the park are substantially increased. That's remarkable, because of course the total amount of daylight in a given day is the same," states University of Washington researcher Hendrik Wolff.

What's your favorite part of having more daylight?


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nonmember avatar Danny

If Daylight Savings Time is so beneficial, why don't we have it all the time? It really just encourages me to stay up later so I sleep in later and the "benefits" are a wash.

lizilli lizilli

I really dislike daylight savings time and wish it would stop,  It servers no purpose in 2014 and it always takes me a few weeks to adjust.  My Grandmother told me that the reason for it was so that farmers, who work the land, would have more daylight hours to do so and there would be more daylight hours after farm children got home from school so they could help on the family farm.  Most of us are not farmers and most farming in America is not hand worked but agribusiness.  I lived in Hawaii for a little while and it was wonderful to have the clocks always the same, no change . . Loved That!

nonmember avatar Stell

It's a myth that we have DST because farmers wanted it. In fact, farmers actively lobbied against it for many years before they lost the fight.

RobJar RobJar

How can more outdoor activity be stated as a benefit of the time change? I would think that's more due to it being warmer out.

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