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Over one in ten Americans think HTML will send you to an STI clinic

Joseph McCormick March 5, 2014
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Think you can tell the difference between acronyms for a sexually transmitted infection and a popular tech terms?

11% of Americans couldn’t.

According to a new survey, 11% of US respondents to a survey thought that HTML, the language used to create web pages, was actually an STI.

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According to the LA Times, the survey by VoucherCloud gave 2,392 “both tech and non-tech terms asked them to choose from three possible definitions.”

As well as the humorous but worrying confusion between HTML and STIs, 42% said they thought a ‘motherboard’ was the ‘deck of a cruise ship’, and 23% said they thought ‘MP3’ was a robot from Star Wars.

A ‘gigabyte’ is an insect found in South America, according to 27% of respondents, and 18% thought you might meet a ‘Blu-ray’ at the Sea Life Centre.

15% possible onesie enthusiasts thought ‘software’ was a term for comfortable clothing, and 12% of the slightly less-well-travelled thought USB was an acronym for a European Country.

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Despite all of these blunders, 61% of respondents to the survey asserted that it was important to have a good grasp of technology.

 

Related topics: Americans, software, tech, US, USA

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