I saw the results of this survey and thought, Oh, they interviewed the elderly and rural populations. Not necessarily. We web-addicted people tend to forget that NOT EVERYONE has a computer or 3 on their desk. The results seem to be about right to me.
A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% saying that they thought HTML — a language that is used to create websites — was a sexually transmitted disease.
The study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net, a coupons website, as a way to determine how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms.
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.
Some other golden nuggets of misinformation gathered from the survey:
27% identified “gigabyte” as an insect commonly found in South America.
23% thought an “MP3″ was a “Star Wars” robot. It is actually an audio file.
15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
Some people find these results so ridiculous that it must be a hoax. Never underestimate ignorance. Some people get along just fine without modern tech, difficult that is to believe. However, this type of knowledge is associated with a higher income and education in order to utilize it. There is a significant portion of the population that is neither. Whether left behind by circumstances or by choice, there are still lots of problems with literacy off all kinds in this country.
Multiple people tipped us off on this story.