11% Of Americans Think HTML Is An STD And Other Sad Technology Related Statistics

March 6, 2014


In news that shouldn't surprise anybody whose friends ask them to come fix their computer before trying turning it off and on again, a recent technology based email survey revealed a healthy percentage of Americans are dumb as shit when it comes to computers. Plus obese.

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.

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

There's some speculation as to how accurate the survey was, which was administered to 2,392 adults aged 18+ via a multiple-choice email, but honestly, based on the few times I've gone out and interacted with society, I'm surprised the numbers weren't even higher. You think the average American knows what RAM is? The average American writes their name in the blank for their birthdate on job applications.

Thanks to Thaylor H, who knows everything there is to know about technology and should be named technology president. Awesome, your first order of business should be assigning me a cushy government job in the internet p0rn division.

  • Crackredactie

    America is filled with dumb-asses, now that's news!

  • Kenlin Bros

    57% of respondents were taking the piss, because they never answered that anything had anything to do with technology in a technology survey.

  • Mr. K

    I gotta be honest. IF I was the kind of person who wastes their time on e-mail surveys, I would totally answer wrong just to screw with the results. But since I am not, and most technical savvy people I know aren't either, I will instead chuckle at the banner image of old people discovering German Porn.

  • Tim Marshall

    I'd actually would not have been surprised if more than 85% didnt know what SEO stood for. I didn't know until now. It seems to me to be one those useless acronyms of which there are far too many out there.

  • Adam

    Yeah, it really seemed to me like it should have been 8% higher as well...
    Wait... What?

  • catallergy

    I like that after they point out the percentage of people who don't know what said thing is, they go on to explain what said thing is. Just in case you happen to be one of the foolish.

  • Derek Morgan

    This is the typical opinion of a techie. The average guy neither cares nor needs to know what SEO is, or a motherboard. That doesn't make them dumb as shit. It actually makes you look dumb as shit.

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