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

March 6, 2014  |  

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

“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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  • Rosetta’s Stoned

    All I see is FOREHEAD.

  • Trisha_B

    What age group did they survey? I’m sure no one under the age of 40 would give such crazy answers lol. Now some granny’s & pop pops, I’ll believe these answers lol

    • xxdiscoxxheaven

      Maybe they polled people who dont speak english or are from a third world country.

  • Guest

    OMG, I’m a computer teacher and even 3rd graders I teach know HTML is HyperText Markup Language. Also they know USB stands for Universal Serial Bus and you use that to charge your smartphone or tablet if you connect it to the USB socket on your laptop or desktop computer system unit case. Even my 89 year old grandmother nows what a USB flash drive is, she uses it to store family pictures in it. And don’t get me started with MP3 and Star Wars, the movie came out in 1977 and the MP3 came out in the mid 1990s.

  • V3

    These are actually very promising statistics if true. Only 10%?

  • thatguy0101

    Dont know what Software is? or USB? or MP3?? WHAT?!……….smh……….. honestly, as I get older, I’m starting to realize there are some TRULY simple/stupid people in the world and they are completely fine with that. It all starts from home, if you come from a simple-minded “2+2” type upbringing/household, what do you expect from there offsprings? I’m not saying all southeners are slow and simple, but I’ve come across ALOT from the south; georgia, mississippi, Alabama lol

  • Shayla

    I don’t believe it. Statistics are usually skewed. And how did the people they surveyed get to the site again?