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Can you read a face clock? 

66%
61 deviants said Yes, easily without even really having to look at the numbers.
32%
30 deviants said Yes, but I have to concentrate on the numbers a moment/count by fives for minutes/etc.
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2 deviants said I tried to learn and I never grasped it, but there's so many digital clocks in the modern world that the skill is obsolete anyway.
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No deviants said I was never taught by anyone/in school so I just don't rely on face clocks.

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Ani-Sempai Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Yea, not to hard to read c:
However, I do struggle with time in military time or how probably most of the rest of the world reads time LOL like 14:30 = 2:30 PM
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YEAH my brain just can't translate that! DX I have to sit there and count.
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Ani-Sempai Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
lol yes I'm like "Ok 12:00 is noon, so that number is....*starts counting on fingers*" XD
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saiyamewome Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yeah I can read face clocks just more better.
Sucks that i still can't memorize like... military digital clock style? the ones that goes like 13-24 hours. bah!
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I can't memorize it either ;_; I guess it would be different if I had grown up reading them, but I didn't even know 24-hour clocks/military time existed until 3rd grade or so.
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Atroquine Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can do it pretty automatically c:

In comparison. I know A LOT of people - who cant work out 24 hour clocks.- either- they never learned how to do the whole 13:00 is 1pm 17:00 is 5 pm ect. Or they just.... couldnt grasp it.

When I say a lot i mean about half my friendship group / half of the people i know and i never understood how they never learned / couldnt do 24hr clocks?
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never learned them so it takes me a good bit and sometimes hand counting to think about them. In the US we just don't learn 24-hour clocks in school. 24-hour clocks are called military time around here, because our military learns to read those those clocks (since they're more dominant around the world), but civilians here usually only follow 12-hour clocks.
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Atroquine Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ffffff.... so wait. Your pcs / laptops dont show a 24hr clock then? How come you dont learn 24 hour clocks? D:

IM SO CONFUSED.
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Our PCs/digital devices all show 12-hour clocks. D8 Instead of turning to 13:00 at noon, we turn to 1:00 PM.
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Atroquine Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh the things you learn on the internet! 8D
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KariStarr Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can read them okay I suppose, may take a moment to process, but I don't count. None of the face clocks in my house actually have numbers on them, and I have this cat one that I've memorized the numbers for the species xD
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My clock in my bedroom has tiny roman numerals and they turn with the circular shape clock so they go sideways and upside down. Because they're small and awkwardly flipped, and because my vision is pretty shot and I don't have glasses, all the numbers look like little identical blurs to me from my bed and chair, so I don't even look at them. :XD: Just their positions.
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KariStarr Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, my eyesight's really bad too :lol: The one in my bedroom is Star Wars themed and the hands are about as dark as most of the face so sometimes I don't even know where they are :XD:
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Xanthriane Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a lot of trouble with it as a kid and sometimes it takes me a little while to get the exact minutes down, but I'm at the point where I can read them without really thinking about it.
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have to think about it anymore, but I had to count minutes individually for a while because it didn't come naturally to me automatically. But as soon as I was learning my multiplication tables, particularly fives, reading clocks finally clicked for me and now I just memorize the numbers.
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NoxxPlush Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
What an interesting poll... I wonder if kids in school today are even learning it anymore? Maybe not as much as we did. I learned it in kindergarten at my school. I never really had a preference because I could read both. I have friends who do prefer digital because it takes them a little longer to read a face clock, but I'm not sure I know anyone who can't read them at all.
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My friends who can't just told me they never learned and it really shocked me. It's odd that schools are taking it off the curriculum because of all the digital influence around us. I remember in elementary school, there were whole sections about clock reading in different classes, or a whole section on standardized math tests, etc.
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NoxxPlush Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I remember that too! They really made a big deal of it for us. c: I think it's an invaluable skill.. sometimes there just aren't digital clocks around. I went on a cruise in December, and all of the ship clocks were face clocks. One didn't even have numbers(Clock reading: CHALLENGE MODE xD).. so if you didn't have a phone with you, which sometimes I didn't cause it doesn't work on vacation anyways, there was no way to know what time it was on your own without reading a face clock.
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Zukitz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It never occurred to me that face clocks are becoming too old fashioned for modern comprehension. Kinda makes sense. I can still read em, but I have to think about it a little but I've always been like that
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most of the people I know who can't read them are 17 and younger, but I know a few older people who still can't. It's weird to think that someday Big Ben will be just a landmark with a decoration because it will be like an ancient skill to read faces.
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Zukitz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It IS a really weird thought
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racingwolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can read them, but I have to concentrate/think about it in order to, it doesn't come automatically.

And I was taught from a young age/read these clocks all the time growing up (I only had these type of watches/clocks when I was a kid, and didn't get a digital one until I was older, so I used these quite frequently) and...I still can't read them without counting by fives. .____.
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe it's proven that some people's brains can't process counting things like that automatically. I know a few people who can't just count the amount of coin change in front of them, or count how many days it's going to be until a certain date (even if it's in the same month) without looking at a calendar and counting individually. They're both very intelligent and capable people, but there's just a blockage there in their brains for some reason.
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racingwolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I've heard stuff like that too. It's so weird!
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm asking because IRL, I know a surprising amount of people who are unable to read face clocks. I can read them upside down and sideways easily.
My grandmother taught me how, and a lot of kids learned to do it in first grade in my generation. However, some people I know were never taught so it just didn't get to sink in for them.
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varulve Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I prefer face clocks to digital ones.
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MrsDrPepper Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Usually when I'm on my computer etc, I end up looking up at the clock on my wall to tell the time anyway. Digital clocks are super easy to read, especially in America, but I'm just as comfortable with a face clock.
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varulve Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Yeah, same here. I mean I have a digital alarm clock in my dorm room but I brought a face clock because I'm more used to looking there for the time.
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