Why does United States use two different time zones?

Why does the United States still require its people to change our clocks, twice per year?

WHY dont we follow such examples as: France

In nations, such as this, clocks are kept on ONE time zone, Daylight time, ALL year round.

WHY dont we follow their example, and just establish one time zone (even if it is Daylight savings)

and STICK with it.

Does anyone else, out there, hate resetting clocks, twice per year, as much as I do?

WHY do we bother?

WHY not just set the time, ONCE, and leave it alone?

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    One reason for time time zones is shipping schedules. England and its colonies INCLUDING the brand new United States, did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 179# something, while most of the rest of Europe had switched to the Gregorian Calendar around 1588. The United states lost 11 DAYS when they switched. Russia/Soviet Union didn't switch until 1920. The reason that England didn't switch was a RELIGIOUS protest against the Catholic Church that started with King Henry VII and the Church of England, known as the Episcopalian Church.

    The United States is TOO Wide in longitude for one time zone. The United States has SIX time zones. Arizona (except for Native American reservations) and Hawaii do NOT observe DST. Arizona is pretty far west, and AZ has economic ties with the west coast that make it advantageous to AZ economically to be on PDT when the West coast is observing DST. Until 2007, Indiana did not observe DST NOW a few counties of Indiana observe CDT, because Chicago, Illinois is in the same time zone, while all the other counties in Indiana observe EDT to b in the same time as New York City and Pennsylvania, because of economics.

    IF you don't like having a late sunset and more time to play in the Sun when the United Stats observes DST. Move to Arizona. You can blame "W" for DST being observed earlier and later than it is in Europe.

    Texas has two time zones. Texas is FIVE TIMES the area of France. FLORIDA has two time zones too, BECAUSE OF economics.

    CHINA is all one time zone by GOVERNMENT DECREE. If you lived on the east coast of China and the sunset at 3:30 pm while your friend who lives near the western boundary of China had sunset was at 8:30 pm, you would probably complain about THAT. THAT"S what would happen if all of the continental United States was ONE time zone.

    OF COURSE I knew you were being sarcastic.

    Source(s): Economic geography course, B.S. in geography A year of living in Tucson when I was enrolled at the University of AZ in 1975/1976
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The United States DOES NOT use two different time zones.

    The United States uses SIX different Time Zones. The Time in New York City is Five hours different than Hawaii.

    You are not talking about Time Zones. You are talking about Day Light Savings Time or Summer Time which is different.

    Not all states use Day Light Savings time. It was adopted in some states so people would not have to drive to work or drive home in the dark. It was adopted to match time with true solar (sun) time to take advantage of all the available daylight.

  • Lisa B
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    You are not talking about time zones (such as Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific and the time zones applicable to alaska and Hawaii), you are talking about daylight savings time, versus standard time. The reason most (but not all) states use daylight savings time is in part to allow people to have more daylight during their waking hours in winter, but the main reason it is used is to save electricity. By having people commute and work during daylight hours, much electricity is saved by not having to light things like streets, parking lots, and some offices during hours of darkness. Also, having people commute during total darkness causes more accidents.

    So, daylight savings time saves electricity ($$$) and lives. Don't knock it. The inconvenience of changing the clock is worth it.

    Besides, my four rescued cats were ever so delighted this morning when breakfast came an hour earlier than they were used to. They vote for that!

  • 9 years ago

    You say that France keeps clocks on one time zone, daylight time, all year?

    What a strange thought! France, like the rest of central Europe, uses TWO times. One is "Central European Time (CET)", and the other is "Central European Summer Time (CEST)". Summer time is used from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. If you live in France, you would need to change your clock twice a year, just like in the U.S.

    Also, changing clock time is not the same as having different time zones. A time zone is a place that uses a certain offset from Universal Time; this offset can change during the year. CET is UTC + 1 hour, and CEST is UTC + 2 hours, but it is still the same time zone.

    And one more thing: the U.S. has nine official time zones.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    First of all, it is not the United States, but rather the individual states. When i lived in Indianapolis we did not change for daylight saving time, also it is incorrect to call it a time zone as the United states has six time zone spread across it from east to west, lastly daylight saving time exists simply so that we may account for changing length of days as the earth moves around the sun

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    That's not what a time zone is, Moron.

  • Pamela
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    There has to be an invisible sun...just ask sting! LOL

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