Semi-annual Time Changes Are a Pointless, Disruptive, and Expensive Annual Ritual

This Sunday, March 14, we will all take part in a pointless, disruptive, and expensive annual ritual. We (unless you live in Arizona, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, or most other countries in the world) will set our clocks forward one hour and move from Standard Time (ST) to Day Light Saving Time (DST). 

For most of time’s history individual towns kept their own time using sun dials. But industrialization, specifically railroads and the telegraph connected the world like never before, which required we implement universal time measurement. In 1884 our current time zone conventions were established at the International Meridian Conference and over the years adapted by each country. 

It took most people off their solar time (when the sun is directly overhead at noon), but we got something far more valuable in exchange: Coordination. The simpler, and more efficient the coordination is, the better. 

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Allison Schrager is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal.

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