What Do People Around The World Think About Daylight Saving?

It’s almost time to spring forward — but not everywhere.

Daylight saving, our controversial biannual convention, isn’t observed by nearly a third of nations. And even in the 70 percent of countries that do observe it, the perception of this little hop forward on the clock varies widely.

We asked HuffPost editors around the world — from places with daylight saving and places without — to tell us what they thought about the practice:

Your country has daylight savings. Do you wish it didn’t?

Marine Le Breton, HuffPost France:

I think we don’t really care. It’s harder in March because we lose an hour of sleep but that’s it. Still, the same question occurs every time: is it bad for health? Apparently not (we wrote a post about that).

Margarita Lazaro, HuffPost Spain:

I personally don’t care, but there are people who every year oppose to this movement. The worst part is that you can feel a bit jet-lagged for a week and you look like a zombie when you start your work day until your body (clock) adapts itself to it.

How would you describe daylight savings to someone who doesn’t know what it means? (If you don’t know, guess!)

Sujean Park, HuffPost Korea:

I understand it as a mandatory agreement which is literally to save daylight for probably more productive daytime. It was actually good for me for one day when it clocked back one hour in fall when I experienced it.

Margarita Lazaro, HuffPost Spain:

It’s a change in your time clock that happens twice a year, one in spring and the other one in autumn. In spring we have to put time forward one hour and in autumn you have to put time back one hour. It exists because of economic reasons. It’s a way to save —> Read More

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