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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

    Quote Originally Posted by cruzer001 View Post
    24 hour clock is no good. I tried it once and was still late to work.
    LMAO! My microwave and truck clocks are set ten minutes fast to help me with that problem.

    I can use either time well. I did a little time in the military, so 24 hour became second nature to me. I think many of us older folks were raised to be more comfortable with the 12 hour scheme just because our schools had analog clocks. I wonder if getting schools to adopt 24 hour times in their digital clocks would be a push in the right direction.

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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

    24 hour time was used by a long time employer for recording time spent on different jobs and I never broke the habit .
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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

    30 years in the military so very used to 24hr clock. if I make an appointment and they say "3 o'clock" I ask "In the morning or afternoon?"
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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

    for me i just say "that's when i go to bed". i should ask "In the morning or afternoon?", but i like to push people's buttons a little harder. if i feel like being nice i'll ask "do you have any openings around fifteen? i don't drive very well in the dark if i'm sleepy."
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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

    I do AM/PM because it's just how my country does the time of day. I can't be bothered to do the mental adjustments, and having it set to the US's way of displaying time is just less cumbersome to me.

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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

    Quote Originally Posted by irv View Post
    It's a location and age thing. If you were never taught the metric system while in school and are in a location where either is acceptable then you are more apt to go with the one you were taught.
    No, no, clearly it's the result of living in a lazy culture. </sarcasm>

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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

    i remember seeing a public service announcement back when i operated the master control panel for a PBS TV station. in this PSA it showed a bunch of little things when it stated that many things still do not have the benefit of the metric system. one of the little things pictured was a clock. was someone expect us to divide the day into 10 parts or 100 parts or something like that? i don't think even Europe would do that.
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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

    Living in the US, I use 12-hour AM/PM clocks almost everywhere.

    The one exception is the clock I keep next to my bed! For some reason I will sometimes awaken in the middle of the night, see the clock, and misinterpret what half of the day it is. It only took a couple of instances where I got fully ready for the day in a state of panic, only to find that it was actually 02:00, before I switched to 24-hour. Now I know for certain.

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    Re: 12 hour times or 24 hour times?

    some clocks have an AM/PM indicator. the one a friend has, has a simple LED dot that comes on for PM. i've seen a smartphone app that shows where the sun and moon are in your sky along with the time. that should be enough to clue you to go back to bed.
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