Don’t forget: Daylight saving time begins this Sunday

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Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, and as most of the country will be “springing forward” clocks one hour, a new survey finds that 10 percent of Americans will change theirs the wrong way.

And once again, the conversation about the need for the twice-yearly ceremony begins.

This year, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9 and runs through November 2. This means daylight starts later in the morning and the sunsets are later in the day.

With newer technology, writes senior producer Luke Funk for MyFox Tampa Bay, the need for manually changing clocks has reduced since many smartphones and computers automatically change with DST.

However, as the recent Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults discovered, changing clocks can still be a hassle.

Twenty seven percent of respondents say they have shown up either late of early because of not changing their clocks. Less than half feel it is not worth the effort.

DST has a long history in the United States. The practice started with Benjamin Franklin, who supposedly started the idea to make better use of daylight. It wasn’t until 1967 that DST came into widespread use in the U.S.

By 2007, the system had expanded to between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November. Some parts of the county do not accept DST — Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

DST is not a practice unique to the U.S., writes Funk. Albania, Greece, Fiji, Egypt, Denmark, and Bulgaria also observe Daylight Savings Time.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.