The current Daylight Savings Time system is clunky. Proponents cite the benefit of having more waking hours of daylight. But most people dislike the hassle of changing clocks twice a year and having to adjust their bodies to a sudden 1 hour time shift.
I was thinking about this and I came up with a solution I’ve not encountered before. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present “Short and Long Time”:
After the summer solstice, all clocks will run on “Short Time” when the second hand ticks every ~0.9998 seconds. This makes each day end 20 seconds faster to compensate for shorter days as winter approaches. Over half a year, the change adds up to 60 minutes, or the same shift as our current system, but done more gradually and in a manner that is imperceptible.
After the winter solstice, all clocks will be changed to use “Long Time”, when a “long” second is incremented every ~1.0002 “normal” seconds.
Yes, people who don’t upgrade their clocks will be stuck with a slow / fast clock that needs to be adjusted by about 2 minutes each week. However, with planning and coordination, new clocks that support both old and new standards can be phased in. By the time of the launch, most people will have clocks that support the new system. Besides, we’re in a recession and people needing to buy new things seems like it would be helpful to the economy.
Your PC’s clock and your mobile device can automatically support the new system via upgrade patch, so no need to replace them. As far as twice-a-year reminders for smoke alarm batteries, etc., those can still occur on the solstices.
The result is a sunrise that occurs more consistently at the same time of day and a sunset that swings from later in the summer to earlier in winter. (Actual results depend on your geographic latitude) There’s also no weird time oddities like twins being born “out of order” due to Daylight Savings Time.