I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I believe that this whole mess with daylight saving time is an elaborate international scheme to screw with our heads. I’m not entirely sure who profits from this, but how else do you explain maintaining something that was invented when gas lighting and incandescent bulbs were the norm? Its main aim was to save coal (a New Zealand man came up with it in 1895 and it was first introduced in 1916), and its only result today is a few weeks of health concerns. Apparently many have difficulty adjusting their body clocks and there are more heart attacks after the hour shifts. The only significant argument for messing with the clock is that it saves energy. The only problem is that this is heavily disputed and even if we do save some money, it is trivial compared to the hassle of adjusting time. Also, in a few years, most of our energy will come from renewable sources, so saving a few gigawatts won’t really make a difference for those determined to save the planet. Notice how I don’t argue against daylight saving time, but against the changing of the clocks twice every year? That’s because I believe the whole thing should be scrapped, and we should stay with summer time. Researchers suggest that lighter evenings would have a positive benefit for health, especially the health of kids who apparently are less active because of early darkness. Parents are probably ecstatic to hear this, but think about how big an issue child obesity is becoming. Nightfall coming a bit later would increase road safety, because it would mainly affect afternoon drive time. Surveys suggest that over half of criminal offences take place in the hours of darkness in the late afternoon or evening, so this could be reduced as well. Also a very important argument is that I personally hate being in the dark at four in the afternoon, but if that’s not convincing enough for you, here’s a research from the University of Cambridge: an extra daily hour of sunlight in winter evenings could save GBP 485 million each year in electricity bills in the UK alone. So sticking with summer time all-year-around would benefit those arguing for DST and we would save some money in the wintertime as well.