As we get ready to set the clocks back this weekend, a new survey reveals how Americans actually feel about the time change. While 22% say they welcome the practice of moving clocks an hour forward or backward every fall and spring, 21% are neutral and 57% don’t like it at all.

The survey of 1,002 U.S. adults, conducted by Payless Power, also finds:

  • Only 25% of respondents think changing the clocks twice a year is necessary, while 75% think it’s not.
  • Gen Z is the generation that likes the time change the most at 29%.
  • They’re also the generation most likely to believe adjusting clocks for Daylight Saving Time (DST) is necessary, as 36% of them do, compared to 27% of baby boomers, 25% of Gen X and 23% of millennials.
  • More than eight in 10 (83%) believe DST fails to achieve its primary goal of conserving energy.
  • DST costs one in six Americans an average of $51 more in their electricity bills each month.
  • Seven in 10 (70%) think DST is a waste of time and money.
  • The top reasons Americans oppose DST include that it disrupts sleep (71%), adjusting sleep schedules is challenging (60%), it affects mood and mental health (50%), productivity goes down because of the lack of sleep (48%), and it increases traffic accidents (22%).
  • Overall, 74% of Americans support the idea of ending DST altogether.

Source: Payless Power

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