Do you know what time it is?

We’re probably all somewhat familiar with how time is essentially a relative concept. The familiar reminders of what one second would mean to a sprinter or what one year would mean to a repeat student all remind us of how time is about perception.

But what about that digit you see on your watch? Is the way we keep time standardized across the various time zones?

This BBC interactive site provides lush insight into the histories of the time zones and how they have been influenced by social, political and geographical factors–bringing home to point that even our most objective of measures are indissolubly handled with the tinted lenses of man.

Why is having standardized time important for us? How has science and technology helped us in this regard?  What are some problems with adopting a standard measure?

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One thought on “Do you know what time it is?

  1. Having a standardised time is used so that it prevents confusion and is easy to keep track of. It has made watches more accurate so that there would not be much of an error due to the tendency of the clock to slow down, unlike in the past. We may have different length days and nights in different parts of the world.

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