Survey Finds that the Average Brit Works an Extra 2 Hours a Day When the Clocks Go Forward

Survey Finds that the Average Brit Works an Extra 2 Hours a Day When the Clocks Go Forward

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It’s not long now until the clocks change on 26th March, signalling the start of summer, blue skies, light evenings, and good times. But despite the extra daylight, it seems that the average Brit is not looking forward to it, or automatically planning how he or she is going to use those additional hours for fun. In fact, the majority of us actually end up working even more than we do in winter!

Online lighting superstore, Scotlight Direct, surveyed 1,000 people to find out how we really feel when the clocks go forward. And it turns out that, far from knocking off early to take advantage of the sunshine, on average, Brits actually do an extra 2.04 hours of work. It seems that when it’s lighter, later, we’re more reluctant to make a dash for the exit than if it was. In fact, less than a quarter of us say we work less during summer hours. And over a third of us (36%) are not actually in favour of Daylight Saving, for a whole host of reasons.

The biggest problem we have is that the mornings are darker. 48% of us resent having to get up when it’s practically pitch black, hoping to stay in our warm, and snuggly bed. Then the fact that the sky is still pretty blue by the time it’s our usual bedtime means we don’t actually feel tired, which then impacts on how much sleep we get; over a quarter us dislike not feeling sleepy when it’s time to go to bed. And for those with kids, it’s even worse! It’s hard enough getting them off at the best of times; 15% of us dislike that they’re awake for longer, causing even more trouble. And for the anti-social amongst us, 6.5% resent feeling pressure to go out and do stuff in the evenings.

But despite our strong feelings about it, not that many of us actually know the reasons why Daylight Saving was actually introduced in the first place. Half of us believe it was to do with farming (so farmers could do their work when it was light), but only 22% of us know that it was introduced in WW1 in order to save fuel.