roadbikeRob saidWho can blame them because this fuckin fiddling with the clocks twice a year is idiotic and archaic. I think Michigan is considering a similar measure.
I tend to agree. US savings time was created in response to the needs of an 18th Century, pre-electric, predominantly agricultural society. Those needs are not so urgent in our electrified modern world. So that the few remaining valid arguments to continue the practice may not outweigh the cons.
Although I will say that resetting clocks is getting less bothersome, since so many are now done automatically, through the Internet, or phone service, or satellite TV & radio providers. And in some cases, clocks or wristwatches with internal radio receivers that get the time signal directly from official US atomic clocks.
Most of our own clocks and watches are set by all of those means, although regrettably not every one we have. The microwave, oven, a bedside alarm, and an analog wall clock primarily, plus some of our watches, which can wait until we wear them next time.
In Benjamin Franklin's day, who was an advocate for daylight savings, many Americans didn't even have a single clock in their homes, and personal watches were virtually nonexistent, a rare ultra-luxury item. People told time by the town clock, and listening to its chimes and to church bells, as well as to the town crier. And of course sundials and just looking at the sky.