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Should the U.S. switch to using the metric system?

Asked by: Bruinshockeyfan
  • It is the trend.

    Across the Globe, only USA, Liberia and Burma have not officially utilize metric system. Most of the people around the world may fail to point out the location of Burma and Liberia, yet who doesn't know USA? Even the other formerly imperial system using countries like UK and Canada have already converted into metric, yet USA fail to do so. Metric's advantage is simplicity as the relationship between different units is just the power of ten and it's scientific friendly compared with customary units. Let's think of it: who can instantly tell how many gallons equal one cubic yard?How many cubic inches equal one pint?And those coefficients in scientific and engineering calculation? Of course the metric system is more rational and the failure of widely using is what the United States mostly fall behind other nations.

  • It is better

    Yes, like everyone else Literally every major practical and theoretical discipline, from carpentry to theoretical physics, uses the metric system. Nearly every other First World country on the planet uses the metric system. Do you know why? It's better! It's more precise and accurate, and it allows for better measurements of damn-near everything. There's a very good reason everyone uses it, and the US is almost shooting itself in the foot by not using it

  • Absolutely we should, yes!

    All the other leading world countries use the metric system, and we are just being stubborn and not willing to wean the new information into schools and teach children the system that makes the most sense. The "standard" system or whatever it is called is random and inconsistent, it takes several calculations to go from one form to another where in the metric system, all it takes is a simple decimal place move. We should just change already!

  • Absolutely - not doing so hurts us competitively

    The metric system is not only easier to work with (everything is base 10), it is also the global standard. In the past it may not have mattered what the standard was, when the US had a supreme position economically and globalization was less of a factor. But these days, products and product components are made and shipped all over the world, and so being on a unique standard can only hurt us competitively. Already some industries, like the semiconductor industry, are fully metric, even in the US. The sooner we can align with the rest of the world, the better.

  • Yes, like everyone else

    Literally every major practical and theoretical discipline, from carpentry to theoretical physics, uses the metric system. Nearly every other First World country on the planet uses the metric system. Do you know why? It's better! It's more precise and accurate, and it allows for better measurements of damn-near everything. There's a very good reason everyone uses it, and the US is almost shooting itself in the foot by not using it.

  • Yes, Lets Simplify Things.

    Why make students learn two different systems? If someone works in a scientific field, they use the metric system all day at work, and then when they go home they have to us standard. The same goes for anyone who travels abroad. Why make these people learn two systems, when the metric system is superior?

  • Yes it should

    Currently being a junior in high school, and for the past few years I found myself converting/memorizing foreign 'metric' units for science and what not. It's vexing to me that there is more than one universal unit system. More countries and people around the world use the metric system, so is it not logical for every school to teach the metric system? Engineers, architects, scientists, etc. Use various unit systems, but it would be so much more convenient to just stick with one.

  • Metric is a global constant.

    We are the only hold outs in the developed world (and even much of the developing world)- even Britain only uses imperials for beer and the height and weight of people (and a couple other minor traditions). Science, engineering, and technology all use metric- and those are the fields which will make us competitive in the global marketplace. Yet our students are severely disabled by their inability to comprehend these units.

  • Yes, Lets Catch Up

    Of course we should switch to the metric system. We need to catch up with the rest of the world and the scientific community. It is ridiculous that our children have to learn two different systems simply because we are too lazy to make a change now. It should have been done years ago; lets get with it.

  • I think definitely YES

    The rest of the world is using the metric system and i think it would be easier for everyone if America switch.There would be less confusion and it would be one step closer to a united world (and no i am not crazy,i have hope :) ) ..In addition,the metric system is more useful when doing chemistry or any other subjects that require the measurement of small quantity.

  • No established set.

    We are doing fine... We can and do use BOTH. We do not need to get rid of one, especially when most our buildings were built with Imperial.

    The government doesn't establish an official language, ethnicity, etc... Why should they tell us which system to use... This is the BIGGEST waste of congressional time.

    Britain also uses Imperial. Here, we use both. If you don't know to use both, than don't. Use which one you like, and I'll use which one I like.

  • Switching takes money....

    Trying to switch a whole nation really isn't that simple. One huge example is interstate mile markers and exits, you would have to change every single exit sign for it to be based on km rather than miles which all have Imperial sized bolts in them. And in the first place, if there huge disadvantage to Imperial you would see huge amounts of people in America trying to switch and there's not. It didn't work in the 80s and it won't work now. Anyone who really wants to use Metric only does it. There's too much confusion in the switching process and too many things based off Imperial units.

  • Its super confusing

    Not only is the metric system confusing, but we have been using the customary system for years now so what is the of adapting to a new system? It just does not make any sense to me. I say the only person you could blame is yourself for believing in such stupidity.

  • Its super confusing

    Not only is the metric system confusing, but we have been using the customary system for years now so what is the of adapting to a new system? It just does not make any sense to me. I say the only person you could blame is yourself for believing in such stupidity.

  • Everyone has an opinion

    It takes so much longer move decimals instead of doing it the old fashion way people had to come up with a newer better way to do things around here I think that we should do things just the way that they were because it is a simpler way to do things like metric conversions


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