Solve if u r a genius (an article that close to 300k people prove, that people don’t actually read articles)
11 x 11 = 4, 6 – 1 x 0 + 2 ÷ 2 = ?, coconut + banana bunch x apples…. math problems to encourage people to comment, like or share are becoming quite the common trend on LinkedIn. Quite different to those posts displayed of a professional nature, outlining business requirements, upcoming projects, business wins or general networking information, LinkedIn is becoming reduced to an environment where we can learn which of us have been taught BEDMAS, which have been taught BODMAS or which of us have not been taught anger management and feel they must dutifully berate the poster.
Viewpoint 1: The answer is …….. – ooh goody, I am so smart.
Some respond to these posts just to show how smart they are. Sometimes, in their smartypantsishness (it’s totally a word, I’m sure), the respondent only highlights their idiocy, as they have completely ignored mathematics rules and have championed the incorrect answer. But really, the person who is right is the poster. They have encouraged debate and views of their profile and increased their social network “klout”.
Viewpoint 2: This is LinkedIn, not Facebook
Some respond to mathematics posts with stern words of “This is a professional networking site, take these silly maths puzzles to Facebook”. Which in turn creates greater debate and further encourages views for the posters post and in turn, their profile….more social media “klout”.
Viewpoint 3: Meh…who cares…..
Scroll on down to the next post…..or the next post that matters
Viewpoint 4: (what I sometimes pick) – I’m going to get my popcorn and see how this unfolds.
This LinkedIn user, sits with their bowl of popcorn, reading the arguments by viewpoints 1 and 2 and laughs quietly to him/herself thinking “there are some strange people out there”
LinkedIn is a network
Sure, it is a professional network, but it can also be social. Be social, encourage debate, spread information, share thoughts.
Granted, if people would like to show their mathematical prowess, maybe they should join a group and share it quietly (instead of sharing with the masses that prefer to use our calculators, Siri or Google search to answer these questions – not LinkedIn