Many don’t know the origin and purpose of Daylight Savings


Aren Monk

Many people are affected negatively by the new time change.

Daylight savings has been known for giving us an extra hour of sleep in the fall and more sun throughout the day, in the spring but the origin and purpose of daylight savings might be unclear to some, and it might shock people that it has been around for over a hundred years.   

According to, “The first daylight saving time policy began in Germany on May 1, 1916, in the hopes that it would save energy during World War 1.”  

What was first used as a strategy of saving energy for war, later developed into a system that saves sunlight for the evening to prevent it being wasted in the morning.  

According to, “The main purpose of daylight saving time is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.”  

Some people often say that daylight savings was designed and created to help farmers. With more sunlight during the day, farmers could work longer and get more done. However, that is not the case.  

According to, “Daylight saving time was not created to help farmers. The myth’s premises is that more daylight meant more time in the field for farmers. In fact, the opposite is true and this practice was actually lobbied against by farmers.”  

Daylight savings has always been a part of peoples lives with its purpose being unclear. In reality, it is used as a way to give people more daytime to spend outside and working.