If Facebook and Twitter are a barometer of the mood of people as Daylight Saving Time goes into effect, there are a lot of grumpy people out there.

What I don't understand is why some people are surprised by how they feel. Yes, they may have lost an hour of sleep but they could have gone to bed an hour earlier, if that would help them.

We have been time-shifting our lives for years, first with VCRs and now with DVRs. We spend countless hours online, regardless of the time of day. We are connected or plugged in now more than ever. Sleep is something that has been more and more disrupted as we take our electronics to bed with us.

I even know people who turn leave their TV on as "white noise" while they sleep. How's that supposed to give you a good night's sleep?

And DST in some form or the other has been around for decades. The debate on whether to keep it -- giving us more daylight hours through the spring and summer, ostensibly to spend more time outdoors -- has gone back and forth for years. Should we keep it year 'round?

And "spring forward" and "fall back" is usually easy to remember. That is, except for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, apparently. Saturday night, Ford tweeted ""Daylight Saving Time starts this evening, turn your clocks back and change batteries in smoke alarms."


The tweet stayed up for about 30 minutes before it was deleted, more than enough time for the Internet to descend upon it and him, with some even posting screen-grabs of the tweet as proof. It was replaced with a tweet that was worded correctly.

Considering what else the beleaguered mayor is dealing with, this is no more than a blip on his radar. But I digress.

Study after study shows the pros and cons of DST. The pros? Fewer traffic accidents because there's extra daylight in the evening and drivers are more careful; more people out shopping later, according to retailers; healthy benefits by being outside later, ostensibly after work; and less crimes because most crimes are committed under cover of darkness.

The cons? Farmers whose livestock are largely affected because the animals find it difficult to adjust to the time changes; sleep deprivation that can last for days or weeks; students going to school in the morning darkness; and more heart attacks tend to occur after DST has begun; and that suicide rates also increase.

For every study that says it is a good thing, you'll find a study that refutes that.

But we shouldn't be focused on DST right now. We should just accept it and move on.

The more disturbing things we should be zeroing in on are the missing Malaysian airliner with 239 souls on board, Russian leader Vladimir Putin's actions, what will happen in the Ukraine, gasoline prices that continue to rise and eat away at our money and what the future holds for all of us.

I continue to be optimistic but, looking at Facebook and Twitter today, I'll just let the DST bashing run its course and, hopefully, our priorities will return to normal by late Monday or Tuesday.

Follow me on Twitter @KimWendel

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