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

March 6, 2014

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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.

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