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Daylight Saving Time

  |  November 10, 2015

daylight saving time

I recently posted this link in my social media circles and was honestly surprised to see that I got mixed reactions. I initially thought that everyone hated Daylight Saving Time (that’s not a typo, Savings was only used because it kind of rolls in the tongue better than without the extra ‘s’). A relative of my wife even mentioned that people who don’t experience the four seasons don’t appreciate DST.

As a developer, I  found myself often fixing bugs regarding Daylight Saving Time or more widely known as DST in one of our projects. The combination of the features requested, tools we are using, time constraints and us in a country who don’t use DST (we did before but only for a short while) all contribute to the obstacles we experience battling these bugs. So this got me to thinking why some people would actually like DST.

There are many arguments for and against DST that saying it is controversial is an understatement (some examples here and here). I also found a site with similar sentiments as mine. After reading these arguments, and adding my personal experiences with it, my opinion on not having DST stands. In this day and age, almost everything is automatic, moving back/forward an hour every few months no longer justifies anything (in my opinion).

I take every argument with a grain of salt, but for my personal experiences, it is just plain confusing. As a developer, I already encounter a significant amount of issues to resolve and adding one caused by DST does not help. Also, I think DST is one of the things that is only okay if everyone uses it – which unfortunately isn’t the case. Nowadays, talking to people in different countries/time zones is so easy (Skype, Viber, etc.) – remembering time differences is one challenge, remembering which time zone is on DST is perhaps twice that.

I am posting this as a challenge – what would it take for us to avoid troubles from DST? What would be a better implementation of it (if you are pro-DST) or what would it take to abolish it completely (if you’re anti). That’s the only concrete thing I know – it has to be fixed. The Atlantic article had a good suggestion: Just divide the US in two time zones – but that only works for the US. 68% of countries don’t use it. To avoid time confusion, do we need to make it either 100% or 0%?