Daylight Saving Time


There are only three things wrong with it:

  1. It leaves me tired for a few days after my clocks spring forward.
  2. Moving clocks forward by an hour isn’t enough. It should be at least two hours for those of us who (a) aren’t morning persons and (b) hate to see the sun go down before 9 p.m.
  3. It isn’t permanent. If it were, problem #1 would disappear.

6 thoughts on “Daylight Saving Time

  1. Thomas, you might find it interesting that chronobiologists like Till Roenneberg (in his book “Internal Time”) have drawn correlations between circadian rhythm type (or “chronotype”) and various personality traits. Specifically, morning people (the type who’re annoyingly chipper and energetic in the morning) tend to be high in Agreeableness (Big 5) while those of us who’re likened to vampires tend to be disagreeable.


    • Agreeableness is associated with extraversion, and disagreeableness with introversion, as I recall. If that’s true, then my aversion to mornings is consistent with my strong introversion. As in many other things, I take a wait-and-see attitude toward the day before I decide whether it’s worth getting excited and happy about. My aversion to mornings became stronger when I retired. Because of my conscientiousness (another trait of introversion) I had for many years risen by 6 a.m., arrived at work by 7 a.m., and returned from work at 7 p.m. (or later). Upon my retirement I reverted to type and began sleeping until 8:30 a.m. (on average). And I paid a high price — in the form of stress — for my many years of self-inflicted early rising.


      • The scales on the Big 5 are independent of each other so you can get a mix and match – similar to MBTI (Myers Brigg). Agreeableness-disagreeableness has a rough correlation to the feeling-thinking domain (on MBTI) and conscientiousness has a rough correlation to the Judging-Perceiving dimension (on MBTI).

        For example, an ENTP I know scores as extroverted, disagreeable (T), and less conscientious (P). The correlations between Big 5 and MBTI aren’t perfect though as each Big 5 scale seems to be composed of more concepts than MBTI.

        This was a good summary of the Agreeableness scale

        People who’re disagreeable are more likely to have a rebellious streak – more likely to stand up and say “no” to something instead of conform to a group.


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