How many continents are there?

How many continents are there?

DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
The definition of a continent is largely cultural, and continents are denoted differently depending on where you grew up--if you were raised in central america, you might have been taught there were eight continents; if you were born in Peru, you might've heard there were five...

So I'm curious: how many continents do YOU think there are, and which ones are there?

If you're really confused and you're all like, "But there are definitely only _____ continents," check this video out.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
There are 4 continents or fewer.
1
There are 5 continents.
3
There are 6 continents.
6
There are 7 continents.
43
There are 8 continents.
There are 9 continents or more.
I consider North America to be a continent.
31
I consider South America to be a continent.
29
I consider Africa to be a continent.
32
I consider Europe to be a continent.
27
I consider Asia to be a continent.
27
I consider Australia to be a continent.
30
I consider Antarctica to be a continent.
32
I consider Eurasia to be a continent.
5
I consider America (North and South combined) to be a continent.
2
I consider Afro-Eurasia to be a continent.
I consider Oceania to be a continent.
2
I consider Central America to be a continent.
I consider this other continent to be a continent--how dare you forget it!
3
Total votes: 273 (54 voters)
Poll is closed
03/31/2012
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Rossie Rossie
I picked six continents since Europe and Asia are now combined into one giant landmass: North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Antarctica and Eurasia.
03/31/2012
Positwist Positwist
Smart poll. Very interesting, but we're probably going to see the dominant US answer: 7 continents, which is what I was taught.
03/31/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I still use the term Australasia for one of the seven.
03/31/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
The definition of a continent is largely cultural, and continents are denoted differently depending on where you grew up--if you were raised in central america, you might have been taught there were eight continents; if you were born in Peru, you ...
I was horrible at geography to start with...ugh! LOL.
03/31/2012
MissCandyland MissCandyland
I was taught that there were seven.
03/31/2012
Badass Badass
Quote:
Originally posted by MissCandyland
I was taught that there were seven.
me too, that's what my schools always taught us
03/31/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Badass
me too, that's what my schools always taught us
Same. In my day to day life, geography has no bearing so I really don't pay attention, ya know?
03/31/2012
Beck Beck
I was taught there are 7. It really doesn't make a difference to me how many there are. I am sure that one day it will change again.
03/31/2012
TransMarc TransMarc
Five continents. I live in France. Though, before reading "Antartica" and remembering the idiom about five continents, I was about to vote 4.
03/31/2012
Various Various
I was taught there are seven.

Also, Pluto is a planet.
03/31/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
I agree with Various. Hahaha...how things change!
03/31/2012
Mwar Mwar
7. That is all.
03/31/2012
Tangles Tangles
I think Oceania ought to be a continent.
03/31/2012
humblepie humblepie
7! We had a song about it in kindergarten ^_^. However I do consider Central America its own special region, and it is distinct enough that I feel it probably deserves to be a continent - but it technically is not.
03/31/2012
authorzero authorzero
I never really thought about different parts of the world teaching different continents, but it totally make sense. I, like most other Americans was always taught that there are seven.
03/31/2012
dhig dhig
i was always taught 7
03/31/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
The definition of a continent is largely cultural, and continents are denoted differently depending on where you grew up--if you were raised in central america, you might have been taught there were eight continents; if you were born in Peru, you ...
7 continents for me, I grew up in China, and that's where I learned Geography.
03/31/2012
calliope calliope
seven that's what I was always told anyway...
03/31/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
I am about to drop my chin!!! Have never heard about such a thing before, this topic considered differently in different cultures! (I was just thinking about it recently, a few days ago, if there are places where people see it differently than how I learned it! How amazing I have bumped into this thread just after thinking about it! )

I learned it that there are 6 continents: Europe, Asia (together the mass of Eurasia), Africa, America (North- and South-America together), Australia and Antarctica... Amazing to see how differently kids are thought in different places, especially because these things are rather the question of point of view, and it just totally depends on it! ^^
03/31/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
Interesting thread!
03/31/2012
Clubbinseals Clubbinseals
hmmm
04/01/2012
Secret Pleasure Secret Pleasure
i say 7 just cause thats what ive always been taught.
04/01/2012
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
7, right?!
04/02/2012
dv8 dv8
Psh. Not one mention of Atlantis, Lemuria or Mu?
04/14/2012
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
Psh. Not one mention of Atlantis, Lemuria or Mu?
Well, those are technically lost continents, so they didn't make the poll.
04/16/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I was taught 7 in school.
04/16/2012
JessCee JessCee
I was taught 7... but I'd like to thank you for getting me stuck on that guy's youtube channel for the past 35 mins, LOL I like those videos!
04/16/2012
Total posts: 28
Unique posters: 27