‘It makes me furious': American shares honest take on Australia's daylight saving time

Daylight saving time has long been a topic of debate and confusion worldwide.

And it seems Australia's approach to the time-tweaking practice has recently caught the ire of an American sports journalist, sparking a heated discussion about the complexities of time zones down under.

Jack Mac, a sports journalist and podcaster, took to social media to express his exasperation after encountering a map illustrating Australia's various time zones during daylight saving.

'Every time I’m reminded of how Australia does time zones, I get mad for no reason,' he said.

‘The daylight saving portion of this graphic makes me furious.’

Jack Mac shared his frustration about Australia’s daylight saving. Credit: @jackmacbarstool / TikTok

His frustration was palpable as he pointed out the one-hour difference between South Australia and the Northern Territory and Western Australia's decision not to observe daylight saving.

'I’m never visiting Australia because of this. I just decided,' he declared, half in jest.

The sentiment resonated with some of his fellow Americans, who shared their bewilderment and annoyance with Australia's time zones.

'Now I’m annoyed with Australia's time zones. Do I have the time for this? No,' one echoed.

Another added, 'I work with Australians from New York, and the timezones with daylight savings confuses and angers me.'

However, Aussies were quick to jump to their country's defence.

They explained the rationale behind daylight saving, which is primarily to make better use of daylight during the summer months.

'Can’t speak for SA and NT, but I do know that in New South Wales, we have Daylight Savings to maximise the amount of daylight we have in summer,' an Aussie chimed in.

Another suggested, 'Why can’t people just look up why we do this?'

Indeed, the concept of daylight saving is not unique to Australia.

Roughly a third of the world, including most states in the United States of America and Canada, observes some form of clock changing to extend daylight hours in the evening during warmer months.

In the USA, states have the autonomy to decide whether to participate in daylight saving, leading to a patchwork of time zones across the nation.

The US states that don’t participate in daylight savings are Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and most of Arizona.

In Australia, the states of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory all sprung forward on 1 October 2023, when clocks were set from 2:00 am to 3:00 am, commencing Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

Queensland, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia do not observe daylight saving.

This results in five distinct time zones across the Australian mainland from 1 October 2023 to 7 April 2024.

You can watch Jack Mac’s video below:

Credit: @jackmacbarstool / TikTok

Key Takeaways

  • Americans have expressed confusion and frustration at the complexities of Australia's daylight saving time zones.
  • American sports journalist Jack Mac has stated he gets 'furious' when reminded of how Australia handles time zones, particularly during daylight saving.
  • Australians have defended daylight saving time, citing reasons such as maximising daylight during summer.
  • During daylight saving time, Australia experiences five different time zones, but this does not include all states and territories, leading to further confusion for some observers.
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