1 in 10 Americans think HTML is some sort of sexually transmitted disease

If I ever have to think about an STD, I certainly don’t think about HyperText Markup Language. Although, using HTML and CSS together is How To Make Love. All jokes aside, apparently for many American’s, web design and technological terms such as HTML mean something much different to them.

In a study conducted by Vouchercloud.net, 1 out of 10 Americans surveyed think that HTML is a communicable disease. There are some other tidbits that to me are surprising, such as 15% of American’s think computer “software” is comfortable clothing. Or “MP3” is a Star Wars robot.

Despite the incorrect answers, 61% of the respondents said it is important to have a good knowledge of technology in this day and age. The study involved 2,392 men and women 18 years of age or older. The participants were not told that the study was specifically looking into their knowledge of tech terms. They were presented with both tech and non-tech terms and were asked to choose from three possible definitions.

Here are more results from the survey:

  • 77% of respondents could not identify what SEO means. SEO stands for “Search-Engine Optimization”
  • 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.
  • 42% said they believed a “motherboard” was “the deck of a cruise ship.” A motherboard is usually a circuit board that holds many of the key components of a computer.
  • 23% thought an “MP3” was a “Star Wars” robot. It is actually an audio file.
  • 18% identified “Blu-ray” as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
  • 15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
  • 12% said “USB” is the acronym for a European country. In fact, USB is a type of connector.