Author Topic: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock  (Read 7581 times)

Offline leo (OP)

12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« on: February 24, 2015, 07:32:43 AM »
I prefer the 24 hour clock ( in the USA is often know as the military clock). Do you guys  prefer the 12 hour clock or the 24 hour clock?  The 24 hour clock is the best.
« Last Edit: February 24, 2015, 08:00:59 AM by leo »
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Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2015, 07:59:15 AM »
I prefer the mistake free 24hr clock too.
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Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2015, 08:13:40 AM »
I used to use the 24 hour style when I was younger, but somehow slipped out of it.
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Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2015, 08:47:15 AM »
I prefer the 24 hr. clock too.  And I prefer no daylight savings, too.
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Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2015, 08:50:44 AM »
I use the 12 hour clock because that's what everyone else uses.  When you tell a woman you will pick her up for a date at "1900 hours", it will weird her out, and you don't want to weird a woman out, especially on a first date.  But the 24 hour clock is superior, and has several advantages. 

It's less confusing; Think about setting the alarm on your phone.  How many times have you set the hour and the minute, but forgot to do the AM/PM part because you assumed it was set to AM?

It is a bit more useful for computer programming tasks, which granted, does not affect a lot of people.

Who ever thought up the 12 hour concept didn't think it all the way through.  Why would you have the same designation for two totally different times every day?  Sure, you can go through the extra step of designating AM or PM, but that's not very mathematically elegant.


Offline leo (OP)

Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2015, 09:05:40 AM »
I agree . The 24 hour clock is less confusing. There isn't any confussion for example with 7 am vs 7 pm. The hours after 18:00 are night hours . The first 6 hours of the day are part of the night hours. Most people in the USA aren't used with the 24 hour system. I always set my casio g shock watches with the 24 hour display.
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Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2015, 09:17:20 AM »
The 24 hour clock is better, as is the metric system.

Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2015, 09:17:48 AM »
I'm good with either. Liked the 24 hour clock in the Navy, but trying to explain it to people who don't use it is not worth the effort, so I generally refer to civilian time when asked. Zulu time? forget about it.  :naughty:

Offline Atheon

Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2015, 09:54:52 AM »
I prefer the 12-hour clock, as it's what I was immersed in growing up in the US and am surrounded by in the American-English speaking part of the world.

Here in Taiwan people use the 12-hour clock when speaking, but in print and written form (business hours, showtimes, appointment times etc.) times are invariably written in the 24-hour form. I hate having to "do the math" each time (simple though it may be) to translate it into the 12-hour form I'm used to. It sucks when I misread 15:00 as 5:00 pm.

It's worse in Thailand: they have a 6-hour clock with 4 time periods in the day. 8:00 p.m. is song thum--"two thumps (of the dharma drum)"--recalling the timing system used by monks.
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Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2015, 10:03:21 AM »
24 hour.

I like clock faces, infact I've got an intrest in steampunk design, gears and clock designs.. but in terms of practically, a 24 hour digital clock has never failed me, and it doesn't tick either.

Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2015, 10:59:20 AM »
The 24 hour clock is better, as is the metric system.
Emphatically agreed.  And yes, no DST.  Mistake-free scheduling plus sane units and measurements would be so nice.  I'm so sick of mixed units in the US.

Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2015, 11:14:05 AM »
24 hour.

I like clock faces, infact I've got an intrest in steampunk design, gears and clock designs.. but in terms of practically, a 24 hour digital clock has never failed me, and it doesn't tick either.

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Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2015, 12:09:02 PM »
Twenty years in the USN, sometimes I never saw the sky for days at a time. Without military time I couldn't tell if I was missing a sunny day or a starry night.
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Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2015, 12:13:53 PM »
Twenty years in the USN, sometimes I never saw the sky for days at a time. Without military time I couldn't tell if I was missing a sunny day or a starry night.

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Re: 12 hour clock vs 24 hour clock
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2015, 12:40:51 PM »
The 24 hour clock is better, as is the metric system.
Eh I prefer Imperial Standard. You can half, quater, third, etc inches and feet, unlike metric.
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