Quiz: this math problem is breaking the internet. Can you figure out the right answer?


You can either love or hate math, but regardless of how you feel about it, you absolutely must know the basics. Math is an abstract study of numbers which teaches us how to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers. As the study builds on itself, before you move on to an advanced level, you need to have a solid foundation. It’s a pretty straightforward study and you can be either right or wrong.

However, this is also the part which makes mathematics frustrating for so many people. Some people just can’t grasp math and can’t properly learn it. There’s even a condition known as mathematical anxiety, which stems from the anxiety caused by seeing numbers. If you’re one of these people, you will definitely cringe at this article. The seemingly simple equation below has proved to be a challenge even for experienced mathematicians and was developed as a part of a Japanese math study on generational abilities.

Prash Talwalkar from the MindYourDesicions YouTube channel says that 60% of Japanese 20-year olds found the proper solution, but the percentage was pretty higher (90%) in the 1980s.


Look at the equation and try to solve it – if you’re confused, the video explains how to get the proper answer. Check your math skills and share your results in the comments section below!