The US Needs Only Two Time Zones
Allison Schrager wants to end Daylight Savings Time, and then some
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 1, 2013 11:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – On Sunday, Americans will turn their clocks back, an annoying, confusing, and arguably harmful annual ritual. We should stop all this clock-switching, Allison Schrager at Quartz argues, and she's got an ambitious plan for how: People on Eastern time should turn back their clocks as normal, while people on Central and Rocky Mountain Time do nothing. Then people on Pacific Time should turn their clocks forward an hour. Presto: The continental US would have two time zones, one hour apart.

"It sounds radical, but it really isn't," she assures us. The current time zones were created because railroad travel necessitated more cross-continental coordination. Today, our economy is even faster and more interconnected. "Why stick with a system designed for commerce in 1883?" Anyone who's ever done business with the opposite coast "can imagine the uncountable benefits" of a two-zone, minimal-jet-lag nation. Besides, studies show Americans plan their lives around the TV schedule more than the sun, suggesting that "in effect, Americans already live on two time zones." Read her argument in full here.

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Murahu
Nov 3, 2013 10:24 AM CST
China has only one time zone for the entire country. But then in the west, people must use official time and real time. The US has 4 time zones for the 48 states because geographically this is more accurate. If the US were to have but 2 zones, would Alaska and Hawaii be included in the fake-time, 2-zone proposal? Keep the zones we have that reflects the sunlight-reality of the zones. States can determine if they want daylight time or not.
pranaphish
Nov 2, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
I love common sense
iq145
Nov 1, 2013 10:51 PM CDT
And another thing... WE DON'T NEED "DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME"! (Leave the clocks alone...)