Math. You either love it or you loathe it, but regardless of how you may feel about the subject, you need to know the basic fundamentals of it. From an early age we are drilled in numbers and things like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Because math builds on itself you really have to be on top of it before you can learn more advanced stuff. It’s also very straight-forward in that you are either right and get the answer correct, or you are wrong.

That’s part of what makes it so unbelievably frustrating for so many people out there. They have trouble grasping it or they forget the certain order of steps and soon they simply give up on it all because they’re always getting the wrong answers.

If you happen to feel like this and the mere sight of numbers and equations makes you anxious or nervous, you may suffer from mathematical anxiety, which is kind of like a math-induced type of phobia.

If the above sounds familiar then you are likely not going to like this next part!

The simple looking equation featured below has proven to be anything but easy for people all over the world. It was originally included as part of a Japanese math study on generational abilities and what researchers found was quite interesting.

According to Presh Talwalkar, who runs the YouTube channel MindYourDecisions, studies show that 60% of twenty year old Japanese adults correctly answered this exact problem. In comparison, in the 1980s that percentage was a whole lot higher, with 90% of Japanese adults answering it correctly. That doesn’t seem to bode well for society!

Take a moment to work through the equation yourself and see what answer you come up with:

9 – 3 ÷ 1 + 1 = ?

If you’re confused or at a loss as to how to solve this equation, the video below explains exactly how to arrive at the correct answer. Check it out to see if you solved it and good luck!

Did you get it right? Let us know in the comments

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