The other day, I was talking to a college student studying for a test and he was very upset because there was so much math involved and he had gotten lost, perhaps he was not paying attention in class, or he just didn’t understand the concept correctly. Nevertheless, he had convinced himself that he could never learn that math properly, and he literally gave up in trying to get a good grade in that particular class. I find this really unfortunate because mathematics is everywhere, and it is something you need to learn for almost every industry.After all, once you get out of school you do wish to secure a decent job don’t you? And if you go to college and you study just about anything whether it be nursing, business, or even liberal arts you will find yourself needing to learn at least some math. I guess in a way I was reminded of this again, by something I read the other day.Oxford researchers “have produced a mathematical model to describe how conflicting opinions are resolved over articles that appear on Wikipedia, the collaboratively-edited encyclopedia,” according to the historic university’s press release and public relations mechanism put out on February 20, 2013.That’s right, these researchers have come up with mathematical modeling for conflict resolution, and that same type of modeling could be used for negotiation, counseling, or any of a number of events where humans interact. You see, math is everywhere, and it does matter. If you don’t have the math skills you are liable to find yourself inadvertently evading success in your life. That cannot be a good thing, not for your career or for your future.If you’re wondering how the Oxford researchers created their mathematical modeling it’s probably very simple and involves artificial intelligent decision matrix algorithms. Perhaps they can draw it out in a flowchart so you can easily understand and better visualize it, but nevertheless in the end it is math, and it is something you should know if you are involved in social networking, team building, counseling, or anything in the online world. Did you know that even online dating uses algorithms to help decide who should match up with whom?Indeed, yes the scary part about it is that these online dating algorithms are getting better each and every year, and many who use online dating for any period of time are noting that these algorithms are right more than 50% of the time. The Oxford researchers in this case were able to use their mathematical modeling to resolve conflicts nearly 90% of the time. Wouldn’t that be great in your life if you could resolve conflicts, where everyone walked away happy – including you? You need to learn your math. Please consider all this and think on it.