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Store timestamps as timestamp, or rather timestamptz (timestamp with time zone) since you are dealing with multiple time zones. That enforces valid data and is typically most efficient. Be sure to understand the data type, there are some misconceptions floating around: Time zone storage in PostgreSQL timestamps Ignoring timezones altogether in Rails and ...


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You should always store data in it's native datatype so you can use the built-in functions. And the data type of a timestamp is obviously a timestamp. Btw, a timestamp is not stored as a string, it's stored as an 8-byte integer, exactly the same as bigint: PostgreSQL documentation.



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