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Poll From: 06/25/2013

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At what point in your life did you stop using your fingers to count? Submitted By kaycee2, ON
As a child.
As a teen.
As an adult.
I still use my fingers to count.
I never used my fingers to count.
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CallioShana
on 08/01/14
I wasn't allowed to, so pretty early xD
lillychea23
on 06/25/13
leogirl817 liked this  
I think with our school systems, it's not like any child isn't taught how to count with fingers.
It's just that the fingers method isn't the method that every child prefers to use.
I remember being taught how to count with fingers; I knew how to use that system.
But I never used it. I was able to visually see a number chart in my head.
I was able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in my head. I never needed fingers.
My brain did the math. My fingers did all the writing.
leogirl817
on 07/12/13
Yes, everybody is different.
demetriabrooks
on 06/25/13
leogirl817 and 1 others liked this  
Aye, use whatever method that is comfortable to you to get the answer you need. There's no shame. Nobody's perfect *Kanye shrug*
leogirl817
on 07/12/13
Exactly.
leogirl817
on 07/12/13
At the age of 19, I still use my fingers to count occasionally. I'm not to good at mental math, especially when it involves big numbers.
2brenda
on 06/26/13
popek37 and 3 others liked this  
Every one needs to know how to add and subtract without counting on fingers.
phat118
on 06/26/13
DaveBliky and 1 others liked this  
Lol you do realize people also use it for multiplying and counting like in 5's 50's 500's 5000's 50000's etc... I can use one finger and it can hold 2.5 trillion.
sammy0354
on 06/26/13
leogirl817 and 2 others liked this  
Yeah I don't think it's the biggest priority to learn to count without fingers. I am very visual, so fingers makes it so much easier for me to see the numbers. I am so happy you can count in your head! Do you want a cookie?
DaveBliky
on 07/09/13
Imagine you are in an interview for a job and they ask you some numerical question; how embarrassing would it be, if, in front of your potential boss, you still have to count on your fingers?
AngelBaby7041
on 06/28/13
leogirl817 liked this  
I'm 19...and still do....
KCow
on 06/27/13
popek37 liked this  
I don't remember ever using my fingers to count.
tatotot
on 06/27/13
Fingers and Toes! HA!
seedsoffaith
on 06/26/13
I'm still using my fingers to count
Jboii43
on 06/26/13
Ps4 all the way no lie
JediMobius
on 06/26/13
leogirl817 liked this  
I use my fingers to keep track of a count sometimes...
Legolaslover
on 06/26/13
hehehhe, this poll is on my birthday!!!
Pretty03
on 06/26/13
is cool
Cathy315
on 06/26/13
Hey:)
Mofro99
on 06/26/13
hey
Mofro99
on 06/26/13
yEAH NICE
loonietoons
on 06/25/13
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luvocats
on 06/25/13
aswyatt and 1 others liked this  
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hland
on 06/25/13
EP4ever and 1 others liked this  
Here in public schools they are expected to not talk in class, not use cell phones, and are required to show up on time. Plus a parent plays a huge role in their child's education. You can't blame them not learning solely on the system they are in. Your take on public schools is just ridiculous and arrogant. My children happen to be in a great school district for public school and I'd never think about switching them to anything else.
SBSarah
on 06/25/13
mfluderx liked this  
Actually, rather than punctuality, which is overrated IMO and is better taught "the hard way"*, I think the most important thing those schools offer is discipline (i.e. not putting up with bad behavior) and accountability.

In the late '90s/early '00s (when I was in high school), a few teachers would call home or e-mail or send a note home (and require it to be returned signed) if you did poorly on a test. The honors and AP teachers didn't seem to bother because the students generally *wanted* to be in those classes and almost all had been in "gifted" classes since elementary school.

* i.e. If you're late to a movie, it starts without you; if you're late to civil court, you get a default judgment against you; if you're late for your flight, you miss it; if you're late for dinner at a restaurant, you lose your reservation.
Jennifer1
on 06/25/13
EP4ever liked this  
and if you're late to work enough times, you'll eventually be fired. That is why being on time is important at school. If you're late too much, you'll fail your class. Consequences are some of the most important lessons.
bluela
on 06/25/13
Surion liked this  
Some jobs don't require you to arrive anywhere at a set time (or arrive anywhere, period). Traditional school punish lateness based on a narrow model, without taking into consideration this or other factors---for example, since (most) kids are not in charge of their own lives until they are 18, they don't control the household or conditions under which they live. To punish them for lateness based on factors over which they have no control is cruel and crushing. Try having some compassion.
bluela
on 06/25/13
In the second sentence it should have been schools, not school.
SBSarah
on 06/25/13
Also, keep in mind that you have such little innovation in public school teaching because teachers' hands are tied.

Many teachers are hampered by the official state curriculum and many need to hand in their lesson plans ahead of time to be "approved". If you teach a class that has an end-of-year or end-of-course or VOCAT test, you are evaluated on how well the kids do on those standardized tests, so you wind up teaching to the test. You wind up with rote memorization and parroting of ideas rather than understanding how or why things work. If you just learn multiplication ("times") tables, you won't be able to figure out anything beyond 12x12, whereas if you understand the process, your options are infinite. (Don't get me wrong, memorizing multiplication tables makes calculations quicker and will serve you well in life, but the mechanics are the important part.)
GeniusTrophyWife
on 06/25/13
hermitsnuffle liked this  
luvocats, sorry but I didn't mean to like your comment. I agree with the others who disagree with you.
GeniusTrophyWife
on 06/25/13
swagcyn015 and 9 others liked this  
I went to a public school & my husband went to private. All the things you named (showing up on time, no cell phones, etc.) we at my public school were not allowed to do so. All the kids from my husband's private school graduated before I did bc they were older but they went to the same college I did w/ the same teachers. They told me that there were certain teachers that made it impossible to pass bc they made it too hard. The top students of the private schools were struggling to pass but my brother and I came from public schools & got nearly perfect scores in the "hard" classes on all tests & exams. We got 97 & 99 averages. I graduated high school a year early & was on the dean's list & breezed through college. My brother was the top student at Ole Miss in Oxford beating out private and public school kids w/ all A's throughout college. Public school kids who apply themselves & care can get just as good an education as private school
GeniusTrophyWife
on 06/25/13
kids.
lk24
on 06/25/13
jend80 and 8 others liked this  
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PaganMomBlog
on 06/25/13
swagcyn015 and 9 others liked this  
I am an accountant as well and yep I count on my fingers. When I go through my to do list, I count off on my fingers. When I am mentally counting how many people sat in a meeting from earlier that day, I count off on my fingers. When I am talking to someone and I want to hit all my bullet points in what I want to say, I count off on my fingers.

Considering the fact that I can count back change without using a calculator, know how to do simple algebra without the use of calculator, and I can still calculate an itemized tax return for a family of 4 without the use of a calculator.....I am pretty darn sure that the school system didn't fail me because I count off on my fingers.
livnstereo
on 06/25/13
swagcyn015 and 1 others liked this  
There is a way to count multiples of 9 on your fingers Which I taught my kids when they were little, but now I would have to learn it again.
Redwinerox
on 06/25/13
swagcyn015 and 4 others liked this  
you bend down your thumb for one you have nine fingers left 1x9 is 9 you bend down your index finger you have 1 thumb and 8 fingers on the other side of you index finger 2x9 is 18 and so on and so on
Xemik
on 06/25/13
subu12 and 19 others liked this  
Really? You've never heard of visualisation? Sometimes counting on your fingers helps when you are counting specific items. I'm an accountant & I find it very difficult to count per se, so I occasionally use my fingers when I'm checking off stuff. The reason? Because, as an accountant, I DON'T count. If I have two numbers, I simply 'glue' them together; I instinctively know what they add up to.

As an aside, many years ago I was learning to play the horn, but couldn't keep up with the conductor, I always lost count in the bars rests.
Glizzie
on 06/25/13
I also use my fingers to count sometimes for similar reasons. I do math in my head all the time (when shopping and figuring prices, percentages off, etc., to name one example), so counting on one's fingers is not a sign of being mathematically challenged. It's just a visual aid and a concentration aid in certain circumstances. I never used fingers to keep track of my place in a music piece, but that's another good application.
Redwinerox
on 06/25/13
im am accountant too and a lot of us use our fingers, its because we use calculators all the time and don't count in our heads much, so I too sometimes use my fingers, I also glue numbers together. I wonder if its an accountants trait.
bluela
on 06/25/13
What do you mean by saying you glue numbers together? I wonder if that's a term for what I do. Not if it's literal! :)
Xemik
on 06/26/13
Well, let's say I'm adding 3 to 8. Counting would go 8,9,10,11 but 'gluing them together, I know WITHOUT counting that it's 11. So I know what each combination of single digits is when added together without really thinking about it.
Surion
on 06/25/13
I did it while taking a shower to compare the letter count of two long words, hours before seeing this poll. As I said each syllable, my fingers counted the letters in them and I came out with the totals. I imagine many do similar things when counting on their fingers. Not all of us memorized things like the multiplication tables(perhaps just select few) and do most of our thinking "live" rather than from memory.
mcfmullen
on 06/25/13
Then how did you finish school?
morimunda
on 06/25/13
Maybe they do it on the spot. their own way? That's how I do it. My Math is atrocious but I passed my Math regents even though I'm not anywhere near as good as others. Then again some people make it to high school & can't read which is insane to me because the teachers aren't doing their job. I had ESL as a kid & they put me in there though my English was good but they wanted to make sure I could keep up in class which I appreciate. I actually know a guy who graduated high school & he can't spell nor write very well & I'm talking even basic stuff. :(
Surion
on 06/26/13
Yep, by thinking really really fast. I was in AP classes for your information :p I did quite well, earning a scholarship, despite a unique handicap that made my writing particularly atrocious. I could still read it which made me think it weird when the teachers would ask someone to read something they had written and they couldn't... But I'm losing myself. If you've watched that "Sherlock" series, think about that part where everyone taunts Sherlock on not knowing the Earth revolves around the Sun. That, but with math is me. Also, the words were not so much words, but names and not in english and I needed to know their lengths because of a text field limit in something I was working on. That's right, I and my rubbish math work with computers all day XD
IKEGOLF
on 06/25/13
I stopped at age 8.
maijasuoma
on 06/25/13
Surion liked this  
wE WERE TAUGHT A METHOD OF CALCULATING that involved using the index finger for 1's, the middle finger for 10's, the ring finger for 100's, the little finger for 1000's. I can still calculate using this method faster than my sister can use a calculator ( by the time she came along, they didn't use this in our school).
insidethefire
on 06/25/13
Haha I was never taught this method.
pumbahasswag
on 06/25/13
i still use my finger from time to time since i have a slow brain :p it helps me.
footemama
on 06/25/13
I tend to use my fingers when I'm trying to add, subtract, or multiply but I'm trying to keep something else in mind too like if there are multiple steps. :)
dragonmist15
on 06/25/13
I like this question. I think it's adorable.
RudyCat
on 06/25/13
I use my fingers more for counting the days of the week.
shelbydakota
on 06/25/13
leogirl817 liked this  
im not suprised i mean, who doesnt need their fingers every now and then. especially when there's something on their minds
VeronicaWW
on 06/25/13
leogirl817 and 1 others liked this  
There's nothing wrong with using your fingers to count. It helps when you need a visual. I use my fingers when I can't picture the equation in my head. Then again, that's just me. I'm more of a visual person when it comes to math.
littletwin
on 06/25/13
lame people
littletwin
on 06/25/13
just playing
jaycee2002
on 06/25/13
I don't know about counting as much as I do trying to remember 9 times ( )!
TericDragon
on 06/25/13
luckystroke liked this  
Look at my comment above. It explains a quick and easy way to do any of the 9x. Here are a couple more examples: 9 x 1. Fold down your pinky of your left hand (It's the first finger in 10, and this is 9x ONE) while holding your two hands in front of you, fingers spread. You have no fingers on the left side (duh), and 9 fingers still up on the right side. 9 x 1 = 9

Easy peasy. 9 x 2? Fold down your ring finger of your left hand. There is one finger to the left and eight fingers to the right. 9 x 2 = 18
Again? How about 9 x 8. Fold down the middle finger of your right hand. There are seven fingers to the left of it, and two to the right; 72. 9 x 8 = 72. : ) : ) : ) : ) Once you get the hang of it, you can do this very discreetly, without holding your hands out fingers spread.
lizeri
on 06/25/13
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TericDragon
on 06/25/13
But we only do it sometimes! Not always. For instance, 9x any number 1-9 can be quickly recalled by folding over the number on your hand.

9 x 3? Fold down your third finger of your left hand. There are two fingers to the left of it, and seven to the right. 27. Sure, you should have those memorized. But what about those pesky higher numbers, like 9 x 7? Fold down the index finger of your right hand, and you have six fingers to the left of it, and three to the right. 63. Get it?

Quick way to help remember the 9 times tables.

And for adding and subtracting, I rarely use my fingers, but if I'm rather flustered, and it's something like 23-17, I may quickly hold up my two hands in front of me.
demonictalent
on 06/25/13
swaguser19920802 and 2 others liked this  
I can multiply triple digit numbers, by triple digit numbers in my head. I better not be using my fingers to count.... I think math as the only class i received an A in besides art lol
elvisfreak
on 06/25/13
swaguser19920802 and 1 others liked this  
good for you! yours is a skill I would die to have.
demonictalent
on 06/25/13
swaguser19920802 liked this  
I would die to have good grammar skills haha. took AP english, and passed with a D.......
micarambot
on 06/25/13
swaguser19920802 liked this  
SORRY, loreeshay2013. I NEVER COUNT USING MY FINGERS. I LEARNED USING BEANS. WE HAD TO TAKE A BAG WITH BEANS TO SCHOOL. COUNT WITH FINGERS WASN'T ALLOW TO USE. THANKS TO GOD HE GAVE ME A BRILLIANT MIND AND THAT HELPED ME A LOT TO NOT TO BE PUSHED FOR THAT. I HAD A STRICT TEACHER AND I THANK YOU LORD FOR THAT BECAUSE WITH HER I LEARNED A LOT.
brownie14
on 06/25/13
you must have done it at least once....
brownie14
on 06/25/13
nice question!! no one can complain this once lol
arri771
on 06/25/13
TericDragon and 2 others liked this  
i do it occasionally every once in a while but not often
amve
on 06/25/13
I LOVE THE RESULTS HAHAHAH
PaintsALot
on 06/25/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I still do it sometimes.
loreeshay2013
on 06/25/13
TericDragon and 2 others liked this  
that purple 5% is a LIAR
cbhawk59
on 06/25/13
omg
morimunda
on 06/25/13
I can count in my head (I force myself not to use my fingers & it's not hard like I thought it'd be) but I'm so used to it now. I'm still trying to get myself out of it & slowly succeeding.
amhale11
on 06/25/13
Flamingokitty22 liked this  
I use my fingers to count stuff like months or hours. For instance, to figure out what month is 8 months from now or what time is 7 hours from now. I don't count on my fingers to add, like 3 + 5 or 7 + 2.
imlucky10
on 06/25/13
depends on what I am counting
m0mmy2ke4ra077
on 06/25/13
SimmieSim and 1 others liked this  
I still use my fingers to count lol I am not good at all when it comes to math. I suck at it.
amberW91
on 06/25/13
Every once in awhile it helps me out
Eatanusnuts
on 06/25/13
designsupdated liked this  
I dont even know how to count. I feel dumb for even doing any of this.
TheChaosTheory
on 06/25/13
I do not recall using my fingers to count.
Malta231
on 06/25/13
I don't count on my fingers but if any does then so be it.
Namingway
on 06/25/13
leogirl817 liked this  
I don't count with my fingers myself, but I don't see anything wrong with people still using fingers to count. Some people just do it out of habit or some just do it because it helps.
room28
on 06/25/13
Hhhthegame1 liked this  
I used legos to count. :D
HopefulGJL23
on 06/25/13
leogirl817 liked this  
Good for all us honest folks and it's excellent to know that it is OK and perhaps even "normal" (if there is such a thing).
kylemoran
on 06/25/13
leogirl817 and 2 others liked this  
So glad I'm not the only one that still counts with my fingers :L :D

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