Some Americans are so out of touch with technology that 11% of the respondents in a recent study thought HTML was a sexually transmitted disease.
The study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net, a coupons website, as a way to determine how informed users are when it comes to tech terms. The study involved 2,392 men and women 18 years of age or older. Besides this astonishing outcome, there were other hilarious revelations that came from the study. Some of my favorites are below.
- 23% thought an “MP3” was a “Star Wars” robot. It is actually an audio file.
- 77% of respondents could not identify what SEO means.
- 12% said “USB” is the acronym for a European country. In fact, USB is a type of connector.
- 27% identified “gigabyte” as an insect commonly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device.
- 15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
Finally, my personal favorite:
18% identified “Blu-ray” as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
By the way, 61% of the respondents said it is important to have a good knowledge of technology in this day and age. Well, if that is the case, you may want to touch up on the basics.