Over 50% Of Americans Trust Google More Than What They Learned In School


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One-quarter of Americans would rather spend an evening doing homework than their taxes, according to new research.

A survey of 2,000 Americans split evenly by generation (500 Gen Z, 500 millennials, 500 Gen X and 500 baby boomers) revealed that they'd also rather dissect a frog (14%), take the SATs (11%) or take a calculus exam (9%).

The survey also asked respondents how much practical information they learned in school and found that Americans feel like they only use half (52%) of the information they were taught in their adult lives.

This may also be why 55% admit that they rely on Google more than their formal education, with the average American searching five basic questions each day.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the banking app Chime , the survey found that almost one-third (32%) of Americans learned“nothing at all” about personal finances during their formal education.
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Results showed that respondents knew more about information that is rarely used in daily life, like the definitions of equilateral (72%), scalene (69%) and isosceles (57%) triangles, than they did about crucial financial information, such as the difference between a W-2 and a W-4 (46%.)

And while more than half (52%) of Gen Zers were able to identify the mitochondria as the powerhouse of the cell, only a quarter (26%) of the same group correctly defined“taxable income” as money, property or services you earn through work, investments and other means.

Results also found that while 63% of all respondents consider themselves smarter than the average middle schooler, 16% of both baby boomers and Gen X don't feel like they are.

“Everyone has strengths when it comes to money, but it's clear that schools have not taught our country properly on the topic. Results found that 48% of Gen Z and millennial respondents believe that their 'financial literacy age' is 20 years old or younger,” said Sara El-Amine, vice president of Community for Chime.“Financial education is a lifelong learning process that takes time and sometimes trial and error. There seems to be a real opportunity in America to build foundational lessons earlier in life and set up everyday people to feel empowered and confident to achieve their financial goals.”

Results also found that there is an eagerness for progress in financial education. Eighty-one percent of respondents would be willing to take an“adulting crash course” or the opportunity to learn relevant skills for being an adult.

The topic that they'd like to learn about most is managing their personal finances (39%), followed by how to do their taxes (33%) and home buying and mortgages (31%).

Others would like to learn how to write a cover letter or resume (23%), how to change the oil in their car (22%) or even how to cook (21%).

Americans also believe that those same topics should be taught in high school, along with workplace etiquette (44%), how to clean (25%) or do laundry (23%) as well as relationship guidance (22%).

When it comes to managing their finances, Americans struggle the most with sticking to a budget (34%), paying off debts (30%) and investing (28%).

Understanding how their finances today impact their future (30%), working with a financial advisor (29%) and taking a class on finances (28%) are the top ways Americans say they would feel more confident in managing their finances.

“Money is a part of our everyday lives - in big ways and small ones - much more so than calculus or geometry. So why isn't it a standard part of education? The results of the survey really emphasize the importance of building a solid understanding of finance basics in adulthood, and, with Financial Literacy Month in April, there's no better time to get started,” said El-Amine.“When you feel more confident in understanding your finances, you'll also feel more confident in taking on the adult world.”

Survey methodology:

This random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 U.S. adults split evenly by generation (500 Gen Z, 500 millennials, 500 Gen X and 500 baby boomers) was commissioned by Chime between Feb. 29 and March 4, 2024 . It was conducted by market research company OnePoll , whose team members are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR ) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR ).


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