The so-called “51×51” trend is currently causing many Internet users to fail the same math problem. What’s it all about?
New Jersey – Sometimes social media trends can be extremely helpful. Because they can remind you of things that many people forget. The “51×51” trend on TikTok is a good example of this. It currently circulates on the Internet and consists solely of the user having to solve the same mathematical problem. What seems simple turns out to be an extremely challenging math problem for many. But why really?
“51×51” trend on TikTok: users must film the calculation on the first try
As the name of the trend already says, the challenge is to calculate the sum of the multiplication of 51 by 51. The problem is that you cannot use a pocket calculator for this. Users must record their calculations in writing, via video, and share their first attempt with the public. It doesn’t matter if the result is right or wrong in the end.
If you were to test this trend among high school students, you would probably get the correct answer in most cases, though According to the study, many students would worsen in mathematics. After all, written multiplication is part of the basic knowledge of school education. But what if the gap in time to go to school grows and the pocket calculator is always allowed from now on?
TikTok Math Trend: 306 and 2501 Are the Most Common Wrong Answers on the Web
The trend results show that school awareness has declined for many users over time. Because in many cases users when performing the task get the results 306, 251 or 2501. However, 2601 would be correct. However, there are thousands of videos in which the calculation is solved incorrectly.
Also in the comments it becomes clear that many have problems with this task. This is illustrated with a 51×51 video of influencer MacKenzie Darcey, who also hit 306. One user writes, “I hit 251,” another comments, “Everyone hits 2601, I hit 2501.” A third writes: “I like 50×50 = 2500 + 1×1 = 2501.”
“I have nothing in my brain”: Influencer despairs of the “51×51” trend
The video highlights the irony of the influencer with an excerpt from the song “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, which says “I have nothing on my brain.” But why do so many fail at the task? Did what you learned in school really disappear from your brain?
As usual in trends, the correct answers do not wait. One user commented on Darcey’s video: “You forgot to add the magic zero.” And a response video with another quick fix follows immediately. A man in a shirt and tie stands in front of a whiteboard and explains, “50 times 50 is 2,500, then I see, 50 times 1 and that times two is 100, so I have 1 times 1 is 1 and when I add it all up, I have 2601”.