Over a quarter of surveyed adults also believe a ‘gigabyte’ to be an insect

One in ten Americans think HTML is an STD

Over a tenth of Americans think HTML is a type of sexually-transmitted disease, a survey has found.

Conducted by Vouchercloud.net, the survey of over 2,300 adults also revealed that over a quarter (27 per cent) of Americans believe a ‘gigabyte’ to be an insect found in South America.

Other findings included:

  • The commonly-held belief by almost half of respondents (42 per cent) that a ‘motherboard’ is the deck of a cruise ship.
  • The misidentification by almost a quarter of those surveyed (23 per cent) of ‘MP3’ as a robot from Star Wars.
  • The confusion suffered by a fifth of adults (18 per cent) surrounding ‘Blu-ray’ as a possible marine animal.
  • The misunderstanding of 15 per cent of people that ‘software’ is comfortable clothing.
  • The incorrect idea that ‘USB’ is an acronym for a European country.
  • The fact that an overwhelming majority of people (77 per cent) do not know ‘SEO’ stands for.

Despite the amusing tech jargon mix-ups, 61 per cent of those asked said having a good knowledge of technology is important.

"It seems that quite a few of us need to brush up on our tech definitions," Vouchercloud.net said in a statement.

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