Daylight Saving Time 2016 (DST) is ending in October or November, depending on where you live. Of course, the time change and clocks falling back an hour applies to the northern hemisphere since the southern hemisphere is currently in spring, which began on September 1. While the days are getting longer in the southern hemisphere with summer beginning on December 1, the northern hemisphere is having shorter and shorter days with the end of Daylight Savings Time 2016 being just around the corner.

How time changes and clocks fall back in the northern hemisphere

The farther North you live from the Equator, the more noticeable are the changes in time and the seasons.

As such, it is no surprise that most European countries are observing Daylight Saving Time 2016 on October 30. Countries like Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden turn back the clocks early Sunday morning.

According to The Telegraph, folks in the UK will change their clocks and fall back in time at 2 a.m., going back one hour. Instead of 2 a.m., it will only be 1 a.m., and people will have the chance to sleep an hour longer. According to the German Sueddeutsche, Daylight Savings Time in Germany does not occur until 3 a.m. when clocks fall back to 2 a.m.

For global travelers or anyone planning to call someone in another country, it is crucial to know that Canada, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, and China did not participate in Daylight Saving Time in 2016.So there is no DST time change.

Daylight Savings Time in the United States

Even though the phrase Daylight Savings Time is grammatically incorrect and there is only one “saving” of time for DST, many are using the word “savings” because it rolls easier from the tongue and is more closely related to the familiar “savings account.” In either case, people agree that whether DST or no DST, there should be no time change and no clocks springing forward or falling back since it is too confusing.

In the United States and Mexico, the end of Daylight Saving Time does not happen on October 30 but on November 6, one week later. Hawaii and most of Arizona did not observe DST so there is no time change in those two states. The reason for the late ending of Daylight Savings Time in 2016 is due to the policy that the clock falls back an hour on the first Sunday of November.

Would you stop DST?

No matter what country one lives in, most people are voicing their opinions about DST and reversing time. While the idea of Daylight Saving Time – the custom of changing time during the summer -- was beneficial during World War I, times have changed.

Benjamin Franklin thought that “early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” and suggested that people could save candles by getting up earlier in the mornings. However, Franklin did not seriously propose DST in his 1784 satire.

In 1895, New Zealand entomologist George Hudson shared the idea of Daylight Saving Time (DST) in a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society and emphasized that more daylight in the evening would give him more time to collect bugs.

Similarly, English builder and outdoorsman William Willett shared in 1905 in the UK his observations that too many Londoners were sleeping away precious morning hours.

DST began actually on April 30, 1916, during World War I. DST did not become official to collect bugs or to go hunting early in the morning but to save coal during the war. Once the war was over, DST vanished in the coming years, but even though it reappeared at times during World War II, it did not become officially reinstated until the energy crisis of the 1970s.

Supporters of Daylight Savings Time emphasize that DST takes advantage of the longer evening hours. However, opponents are raising the question whether DST’s original purpose hasn’t outlived itself.

Most argue that the increase of traffic accidents and health issues is not worth having DST. What do you think?

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