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# Only 60% Of People In Japan Figured Out This Equation. Did You?

Recently in Japan, this standard math problem exploded. Only 60% of people around the 20-year-old age range could figure it out. That doesn’t seem like a horrible amount, but the real kicker is that 90% of people were able to get the correct answer in the 1980s.

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### “Hey, this seems easy.”

For some people, the question may seem easy, whereas for others it may seem a bit tough. The reason there was such a large decrease in people solving the question is due to the fact that technology has become so prominent and easily accessible.

### But what caused this problem?

Calculators, smartphones — you name it. Society as a whole basically has some form of calculator readily available. Gone are the days of solving equations in our heads.

### Still can’t figure it out?

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Thankfully, the solution is a super easy one. You’ll know it as soon as you see it!

### Thanks, Captain Obvious.

How you go about solving the equation is actually very simple. You may or may not remember BEDMAS from elementary school, but that’s all it takes!

### BEDMAS

BEDMAS is the order of operations. What this refers to is what part of an equation you are to complete first. Each letter represents a component: 1. B – Brackets, 2. E – Exponents, 3. D – Division, 4. M – Multiplication, 5. A – Addition, 6. S – Subtraction.

### So, how did you do?

Main and Collage images via David Wolfe