HTML: A New Type Of STD

Before you question my sanity, I want to make a disclaimer. This article is not based on my opinions. It is based on an actual SURVEY where 1 out of 4 Americans which equals 11% of the entire population thinks that HTML is a type of STD!

Now I am quite positive about the fact that the surveyors have interviewed my grandma and her friends. For people who still consider HTML as an STD, can verify it here (HTML). These findings teach us one thing that if we are discussing tech with Americans, avoiding jargon will be the best idea.

A recent study uncovered the fact that Americans seem to be lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% in an evaluation cited that they considered HTML—a language that is used to create websites—was a form of the sexually transmitted disease.

The survey was conducted by a coupons website, for determining how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms.

A company spokeswoman said in a statement, “Technology is a huge interest for our user base, and month after month we see thousands of people visiting our site to look for coupons and deals to use when purchasing their favorite tech products. It seems that quite a few of us need to brush up on our tech definitions.”

Not only HTML, but there were also some other interesting findings too:

  • 77% of them (Americans) were unable to identify what SEO stands for “Search-Engine Optimization”
  • 27% of them identified “gigabyte” as an insect chiefly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device.
  • 42% considered “motherboard” meant “the deck of a cruise ship.” A motherboard is usually a circuit board that holds many of the key components of a computer.
  • 23% believed an “mp3” was a “Star Wars” robot. In reality, it is an audio file.
  • 18% thought “Blu-ray” as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
  • 12% believed “USB” is the acronym for a European In fact, USB is a type of connector.

Regardless of these incorrect answers, 61% of the respondents stated that it is important to have good and accurate knowledge of the technology in this day and age. (Good and precise knowledge it seems!)

Just to let you know, the survey included 2,392 men and women of 18 years of age or older. It is the age group that is mostly involved with tech-terms. The participants were not informed about the aim of the study that it was actually exploring the participants’ knowledge of tech terms. They were also presented with tech and non-tech terms as well and were asked to choose from 3 possible definitions.

The company said in a statement, “Hence why a mix of both normal and technology-related words was used.”

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Patricia Kellogg is a journalist who has held many editorial roles at numerous high-profile publishers – both offline as well as online. She has an experience of more than 10 years in editing and proofreading articles across a range of sectors. She is also well versed with handling academic journal articles, theses, technical manuals, press releases, reports, feature articles, web site content, promotional material, policy papers, and grant proposals.