Daylight Saving Time Is Dumb As Hell

Stop making people suffer through nonsensical clock changes

Michael Arceneaux
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4 min readNov 5, 2021

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On Sunday, most Americans will wake up assuming they had a better night’s rest than they actually did only to realize that it’s actually just once again that dumb-ass time of the year when daylight saving time comes to a close.

Back in March, we lost an hour of sleep in order to “spring forward.” I didn’t notice because as a thirty-something man living in a plague, I wake up so damn early it doesn’t matter what time it is. I just know that it’s dark and I wish I were still asleep. (I’ve since adjusted and now just consider more time to dance in my apartment, but that’s besides the point.)

Not even a plague can make me forget how annoying daylight saving time generally is, though.

For most of the U.S., daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ends at the same time on the first Sunday of November. The Department of Transportation, which is in charge of daylight saving time, claims the practice helps save on energy, reduces crime, and thwarts traffic accidents. But as many of you know, the government likes to lie. I don’t mean that in a Tucker Carlson kind of way, but you get it.

For starters, robbing season has nothing to do with darkness and everything to do with the gross income inequality exacerbated by the plague.

I’m with Secretary of Department of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on paternity leave, but if he really wants to signify change, he ought to voice his support to end this bullshit with the time already. None of the government’s positions on why this is still a thing make any sense. For starters, robbing season has nothing to do with darkness and everything to do with the gross income inequality exacerbated by the plague. It is the fault of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden to not simply use this pandemic to put money in people’s pockets consistently. Playing with the clock is not going to fix selfish, cruel, and evil policy.

Give me more money and more daylight!

As for traffic accidents, a 2020 study published in the National Library of Medicine found a 6%…

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Michael Arceneaux
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New York Times bestselling author of “I Can’t Date Jesus” and “I Don’t Want To Die Poor.”