About a week ago, daylight savings time ended in the USA. Before this wasn’t really a problem for me, I didn’t even know or care what it was. Because I play a computer game with a lot of people in the States though, I had to learn and adjust a bit.
A good example is every Saturday night US Eastern time, we have a raid. Basically, just 12 people going into a dungeon and clearing it. The dungeon itself is pretty easy since we’ve done it several times, the actual problem is scheduling. We have to find a time where 12 people can all go, and I’ve already had to swap 1 person out because of time issues. The daylight savings thing thankfully didn’t mess up people’s schedules, so I’m glad about that. Only us people outside of daylight savings timezone had to adjust though, which was a bit confusing at the start because we didn’t really understand it. We had to have a friend explain what it meant for us specifically. She said instead of me being 12 hours (basically opposite) of the east coast, I would be 13 hours away and my friend from Indonesia who is 1 hour ahead of me would now be 12 hours away from the east coast. That meant that raid for us who weren’t affected by daylight savings would start 1 hour later. After clearing that up and making sure everyone was fine with that, everything was fine.
My friend who lives in Colombia said that his mom told him about Colombia trying to change timezones. He said that the country was really chaotic because some people came in super early and some people came in really late. I think he mentioned his mom being a nurse and that it was particularly confusing for them because it’s a stressful environment already, adding the time change and wondering if you’re early or late to work made it even more so.
The Philippines also tried to institute Daylight Savings in 1990, but it only lasted one year. Too much confusion and one try was enough to give it up.
I was not alive when the Philippines tried Daylight Savings, but it got me wondering though, what would happen if the Philippines observed daylight savings. It would be really chaotic, now that I think about it. Imagine telling your friend to meet at a certain time and he/she arrives an hour late. Wait… Isn’t that just Filipino time? Does that mean that for half the year, Filipino time would be countered by daylight savings, making everyone arrive on time to appointments and such? Then for the other half, Filipino time takes effect and everyone will be late by an hour again? Seriously though, I think it would cause a lot of issues because it is such a stark change. I would expect that for the first few weeks, a lot of chaos would happen then when the time shifts again, it’ll happen again. Of course, if it was given time, say a few years or so, we’d get used to it, but short-term, it would be way too chaotic.
Since I was young when we left the USA and moved to the Philippines, I don’t remember Daylight Savings and how it worked. I still don’t see the benefits and drawbacks of observing daylight savings, so I won’t comment on that. I will say that I’m glad the Philippines doesn’t observe it because I don’t think I’d like to have to change times every half a year.