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4/12/2014 2:34:05 AM
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Why do we have time zones?

All they do is complicate things. In today's society where communication is easier across long distances, we should have a set Earth time. In each respective area, people will learn what time the sun rises and what time it sets. Communication and correlation over long distances would be simpler, and keeping track of world events would also be easier. Agree or no?
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  • *facepalm*
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    • The only thing I find annoying about time zones is that not all countries use military time, e.g. the United States. I find this incredibly annoying whilst trying to plan events with friends in the UK. Sure, I could do the math and convert it easily enough, but it'd cut a step out to just switch the military time in general.
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      • Agree.
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      • wolfBTM is the guests. All of us are the host
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        • I think the question should be: why do we have time?
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        • Cum
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        • The real question is, why do we still use Daylight Savings Time?
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          • Well the idea is that the sun is opposite of your location at 24/12 pm. That way when someone gives you a number, you can have an idea of the lighting situation and such. I do agree that it be better for everyone to be on the same time though. The only issue there is that only one location will have a date/time correspondence with the rotation of the earth. Some places will change the date during the middle of the day. 24 hours will could be any time.
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            • It's much easier said than done.
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              • Edited by Hylebos: 4/12/2014 3:11:11 AM
                Erm no. A system where we have a set Earth time would not work out well. Rather than having to learn an offset (which allows you to do simple math), you'd need to memorize what hour morning / night is for that particular timezone and juggle all of that in your head. "Oh, I want to call my friend in Sweden, goodness, it's 7PM Earth Time, but I don't know what time of day it is over there! Is she sleeping? Guess I'm going to have to go look it up!" It really wouldn't simplify communication or correlation as a result.
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                • No, everyone should just continue converting their respective times to GMT when needed
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                • So everyone on the other side of the earth should to sleep at 7:00 o clock am when I'm just waking up? No.
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                • We do, it's called UTC/GMT.
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                • You're not serious right?
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                  • I agree. I don't like the idea of timezones, and don't even get me started on daylight saving time.
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                  • They are there for a reason.
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                  • But I don't want 2pm to be at midnight
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                  • you are a sad sad little man.
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                    • I can't believe so many people took this seriously...
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                      • No. As for why they were created (in America at least. I dunno about other countries.) Originally time zones were a city by city basis. But when the railroads started getting built and manifest destiny and all that, there was confusion based on arrival and departure times and such. So, the government mandated time zones based on four different areas of the country; pacific, mountain, central, and eastern. There ya have it.
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                      • Are you familiar with the concept of how light is traveled from the Sun to Earth?
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                        • You would still have a problem discerning where others are in their day.
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                        • agreed. i also think that airplanes are too bad for the environment. i propose that airport runways be retrofitted to be giant slingshots that sling planes into their destination. zero flight emissions.
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                          • Exactly. It's 10:21 AM.
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