# Viral ‘simple’ math problems are causing serious divisions

My hands started to sweat when I saw the headline above in my work list. My heartbeat increased and there was a feeling of deep panic in my soul. I had a real physical reaction to the word “math”. At school, it was something that bothered me a lot and obviously, it didn’t stop.

However, I was determined to solve this “simple” viral math problem. Which, invisible, may be a higher goal.

But, to be honest, the math problem was not a very difficult one. I love to see so many math teachers I didn’t even have to “show off my work”. I could do it all in my head, and it made me feel pretty dizzy. However, after taking a deep dive into the sequence of operations, I can be more confused than when I started.

So what’s the problem? 8 ÷ 2 (2 + 2). This little equation that is causing this kind of fuss on social media platforms and creating rifts among people from all walks of life.

On Twitter, where it all started, some users claiming to have a math degree say an answer. Many commenters are annoyed (or say they have lost all hope of humanity) because people get different answers. Did you get