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Perspective: Daylight Saving Time—An Advocacy for a Balanced View and against Fanning Fear

by Christine Blume 1,2,3,* and Manuel Schabus 3,4,*
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Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel, 4002 Basel, Switzerland
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Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Basel, 4055 Basel, Switzerland
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Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Salzburg, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
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Laboratory for Sleep, Cognition, and Consciousness Research, University of Salzburg, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
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Clocks & Sleep 2020, 2(1), 19-25; https://doi.org/10.3390/clockssleep2010003
Received: 29 November 2019 / Revised: 8 January 2020 / Accepted: 16 January 2020 / Published: 19 January 2020
As experts, scientists must inform the public and political actors about relevant topics by providing a well-balanced analysis and overview of existing as well as missing scientific evidence. Particularly in cases where evidence is not solid, they must remain objective and not fan fear. Maintaining good scientific practice can be challenging, especially when a debate is emotionally charged and simple answers for complex issues are demanded. Recently, this was the case with the debate about (perennial) standard time vs. daylight saving time. In this publication, we address the common misconceptions and pitfalls for good scientific practice that accompany this discussion and deduce suggestions for future directions, which may help resolve them. Beyond this, we argue that it is not wise to simply “explain away” the public opinion or preference and we therefore recommend strategies that could support a discourse aiming at getting the public “on board”. Finally, we suggest that, in societies where the light environment is becoming increasingly complex, it may be time to reconsider the prevailing current relationships between solar and social clocks. View Full-Text
Keywords: daylight saving time; standard time; social jetlag; clock change daylight saving time; standard time; social jetlag; clock change
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Blume, C.; Schabus, M. Perspective: Daylight Saving Time—An Advocacy for a Balanced View and against Fanning Fear. Clocks & Sleep 2020, 2, 19-25.

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