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Daylight Savings 2011: Will You Be Ready?

Ok, folks, here comes that one day sure to screw up your life for at least 24 hours, if not the entire week: Daylight Savings Time 2011.

That’s the day, Sunday, November 6, 2011, when you have to set your clocks forward – not backward – one hour. (Remember, that’s one week from now.)

That little fact is lost on many, and results in people like this blogger, forgetting to adjust their clocks.

Fortunately, we have smartphones to do that for us. And if you’re anything like this blogger, you use your smartphone, in this case an Apple iPhone as your watch. (It’s a more complicated physical process, reaching for the iPhone versus twisting and looking at the wrist, but it does the job.)

But even with that, what confuses many is what time it is with respect to what they have to do, and when they wake up. That hour time difference just plain feels different and takes about a week to get used to.

So with all of that hassle, the question is, do we have to do this? Many say it helps to save energy, and that it was started in World WarI to save fuel by reducing the need to use artificial light.

But others say it’s unnecessary to have to do Daylight Savings at all.

My take is, given the way we work in an Internet age, I’m not sure Daylight Savings is the big energy saver it was in a time before the information age.

Moreover, this paragraph offers another reason not to do it, at least in the way we’re used to:

The Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided the basic framework for alternating between daylight saving time and standard time, which we now observe in the United States. But Congress can’t seem to resist tinkering with it. For example, in 1973 daylight saving time was observed all year, instead of just the spring and summer. The current system of beginning DST at 2 AM on the first Sunday in April and ending it at 2 AM on the last Sunday in October was not standardized until 1986.

So, all of this is government-directed. That means we can elect to stop doing it all together. But until we do, remember that on November 6, clocks go forward one hour.

Oh, I mean back. See, I’m so confused!

What a pain.

Stay tuned.

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    Zennie Abraham
    Zennie Abraham | Zennie Abraham or "Zennie62" is the founder of Zennie62Media which consists of zennie62blog.com and a multimedia blog news aggregator and video network, and 78-blog network, with social media and content development services and consulting. Zennie is a pioneer video blogger, YouTube Partner, social media practitioner, game developer, and pundit. Note: news aggregator content does not reflect the personal views of Mr. Abraham.

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