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Should the United States convert to the Metric system?

Asked by: anthonyluvsband
  • The United States is putting itself back.

    When the majority of the world uses the metric system, the Americans are left ignorant (common theme, huh?) while the rest of the world advances. The ironic thing is, I have been in many classes dealing with measurements (maths, physics, etc) in the United States, and they all used the metric system anyway. The young generation is familiar with the metric system. Now would be an ideal time to change.
    The metric system is based on logic. It is easy to remember how many centimeters are in a meter, how many meters are in a kilometer, etc because it is all based on tens. You can get more accurate measurements because you can easily measure to the nearest milimeter or centimeter instead of rounding inches, which are significantly larger.

  • Only 3 countries currently don't use the metric system

    Liberia, Myanmar and the USA. It's obvious that, in an growing interconnected world Americans can't remain the only industrialized nation that doesn't use or understand the metric system. This can only damage American economy and society, as it isolates the US from the rest of the world, like it was a nation still refusing to move out of the 18th century. As for the costs of it, I say that the longer the US waits to convert, the more expensive it will get. It would have been much simpler if it had been carried out in the 80s as planned, but since it wasn't, it'll be more expensive to do it in the more complex contemporary economy, as it will be even more difficult to do in the future. So I say conversion must start as soon as possible.

  • The Rest of the World has Left us Behind

    The rest of the world has been using the metric system forever. The metric system is easier and makes more sense than the standard system. The metric system goes by tens and you can convert meters into centimeters in no time. With standard, it goes by random numbers and you need a calculator to convert. I think that this is an example of some American citizen's inability to change, even when for the better.

  • Yes, As an engineering student.

    I believe that the US system has no benefits. It doesn't represent any individualism, especially because its a less efficient system where instead of counting in tens across the board, it uses bases of 3, 12, 5280, etc. It also causes a lot of confusion where it concerns science with international and domestic partners. Such as in the building of NASA rockets, there was a large crash because the engineers controlling one of the rockets didn't take into fact the the measurements used were meant to be in metric not US. It creates too much confusion, and makes work much slower out of the need to convert everything, and if a world that is becoming more and more interconnected, the US should be able to keep up with the technology of other countries and not have something a futile as a measuring system holding them back from interconnecting.

  • Honestly, it's just logical

    10 millimeters in a centimeter, 100 centimeters in a meter, 1000 meters in a kilometer, the complete list of logic goes on. Then there's the whole debate about how they write the dates; month, day, year. WHY? Would it not make more sense to go from smallest to largest? I would understand if they were to go YY.MM.DD, in descending order. BUT THEY DO NOT. For it is in every American's blood to avoid logic AT ALL COSTS

  • USA catch up.

    The majority of countries in the world use the metric system. The united states doesn't and as a result this affects relations between countries that they might wish to trade with.
    Russia is a big country with multiple time zones. Doing business across these time zones is a tricky act.

    Posted by: odi
  • It's so strange that they don't use it

    In my country we converted to the metric system in 1966. It is strange the the US is so far behind the rest of the world in this respect. It is definitely time for them to make a chance and then what is taught in one country will be taught in another and it can become a universal language.

  • Consistency, consistency, consistency.

    Simplicity for the sake of convenience. American scientists must already use the metric system in order for their published work to be consistent with the rest of the world. It is one of the very few (if not only) countries that still use the imperial system. It's unnecessary and inconvenient. For example; when I was visiting America in Disneyworld, not one of the Americans we asked could tell us how many feet were in a mile. Wherein Australia, and almost every other country, it is common knowledge of conversion rates between all forms of measurement.

  • It's long overdue, and we're taking a long time!

    The U.S is the only first-world country that hasn't converted yet. In fact, we're the only three countries in the world that hasn't converted yet.

    We were supposed to have converted by the 1980s but Reagan ended up cutting funds to metricate. We've been doing this since 1975. 40 years have passed and still nothing.

    The metric system is way easier to learn. 1 meter=100 centimeters 1 kilogram= 1000 grams
    It's based off on 10s. Just move the decimal point around, or add or remove zeros from the number and that's it. Our U.S system takes a lot to remember since the numbers aren't exactly consistent. 1 foot= 12 inches 1 yard= 3 feet 1 miles=5280 feet 1 pound= 8 ounces. From personal experience, I even had a tough time learning our measurements because I thought a foot was 10 inches.

    In some cases, metric units are interchangeable with each other. A kilogram of water is also a liter of water.

    Globalization has increased and metrication will simplify communication as well since the rest of the world uses the Metric System, plus simpler trading relations with foreign countries.

  • Problems with the metric system.

    There are some problems.

    1. Metric system uses Base 10. The problem with Base 10 is that it can't be easily divided into 3. What's 1/3 foot? 4 inches. What's 1/3 meter? 33.33333333.....CM.

    2. Everything would have to be changes. Our gas meters, buildings, sports, every mile marker, even our paper sizes depend on the customary system.

    3. Measurement is not just used in math. It must also be good for poetry and music. The word "Mile" is a one or two syllable word (depending on how you say it), and it has many rhymes. "Kilometer" is clunkier, and only rhymes with things like "barometer", "micrometer", etc. Think of the song "If I could walk 500 miles, and I could walk 500 more." Imagine it with "kilometers."

    4. WE ARE AMERICA! AMERICA! 'MURICA! We don't need to be like the rest of the world, because we AREN'T the rest of the world!

  • Think of the cost

    While the metric system is more efficient, the cost of implementing this system would be too high. Every school in America would need to switch its education system to metric which would require a nationwide rewriting of curriculum. The schools would also be forced to replace their yardsticks with meter sticks, which may not seem too bad, but when considered on a broad scale, every classroom in America would need more than one which, coming out of the taxpayers waller, is not a petty amount of cash. On a more personal note, imagine a world where you can't have those handy-dandy binder rulers (with hole punchers).


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