When will daylight savings end?

Early Sunday morning, the clocks in North America moved back one hour. This time around we didn’t know it was coming and actually hardly noticed when it did. So few of our clocks are disconnected from the Internet, that this change can almost occur without us noticing. It is surely only a matter of time before all of our clocks are connected and we will not notice the twice annual time change at all. This is, in contrast, to the heavy days of Peak Daylight Saving around 1990 when it took hours to reset all of the clocks in the house. Very soon, this task and hence, what we think of as daylight savings will end.

There will be lots of consequences arising from this. First, changing time has costs and benefits. The costs are possible auto crashes when we move clocks forward and people are late. The benefits are longer-term when people can drive in more daylight hours and optimise energy consumption. Research shows the benefits outweigh the costs but if our clocks adjust automatically, there is less chance someone will actually be late and so the costs will likely go down.

Second, this won’t help parents whose children don’t pay attention to clocks. As I have suggested previously, however, connected clocks would allow for an incremental rather than big bang shifting of time. So we can take care of parents too.

2 Replies to “When will daylight savings end?”

  1. {Through gritted teeth} It is “daylight saving” no “s” on the end.

    The history of the co-ordination of time zones is in itself an interesting one, and one that comes from the dawn of the information age being both necessitated and enabled by the telegraph.

  2. At least in the old days you’d know that all the clocks were wrong. Now we have quite a lot of uncertainty.

    Some devices adjust, some don’t. You only know what the actual time is if you know that the clock you’re looking at has changed or not.

    This is not as clear as it might be and won’t be for years to come. For example, last year all the iPods/iPhones missed the UK DST switch because they had the US settings. Last year my VCR noticed the switch, but this year it didn’t because the analogue TV signal it used to tune to isn’t there any more.

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