SMH: New Study Shows 1 In 10 Americans Believe HTML Is An STD

March 6, 2014  |  
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This may leave some of you scratching your head. But believe it or not, 11 percent of people (or about 1 in 10) think an HTML — a language used to create websites — is a sexually transmitted disease. It seems when it comes to tech terms, many Americans are clueless, found a study by coupons website Vouchercloud.net.

“Technology is a huge interest for our user base, and month after month we see thousands of people visiting our site to look for coupons and deals to use when purchasing their favorite tech products,” said a company spokeswoman in a statement. “It seems that quite a few of us need to brush up on our tech definitions.”

There were other tech terms Americans were confused by, reports The Los Angeles Times. Among them:

–Ouch that hurt! 27 percent thought a “gigabyte” was a South American insect and not a measurement unit for the storage capacity of a digital device.

–Too much time spent watching Star Trek? Forty-two percent believed a “motherboard” was “the deck of a cruise ship.” It is actually  a circuit board that contains many of the main components of a computer.

— Helloooo, R2-D2. Twenty-three percent said “MP3” was a “Star Wars” robot and not an audio file.

–Nice outfit. Fifteen percent thought “software” was comfortable clothing. It is a general term for computer programs.

–Geography 101. Twelve percent said “USB” stood for a European country. USB is a type of connector.

Despite the incorrect answers, 61 percent of the respondents said it is important to have a good knowledge of technology in this day and age.

While some questioned the survey, the firm that conducted the survey, 10 Yetis Public Relations, stands by the findings. Leanne Thomas, a senior account executive for the firm, said the survey is “100% genuine, and it’s a valid survey.”

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