REPORT: 1 in 10 Americans Think HTML is an STD

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Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare yourselves for a tactical facepalm. According to a recent study done by, a coupon website, 11% of Americans think that HTML is a sexually transmitted disease.

According to the LA Times, the study polled 2,392 people, all 18-years-old or older, on general, non-tech related subjects and were asked to choose between three possible definitions of each point.

Is everyone done with implementing tactical facepalm? Great! Here are some more findings from the study:

  • 77% of respondents couldn’t identify what SEO means.
  • 27% identified “gigabyte” as an insect commonly found in South America.
  • 42% said they believed a “motherboard” was “the deck of a cruise ship.”
  • 23% thought an “MP3” was a “Star Wars” robot.
  • 15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing.
  • 12% said “USB” is the acronym for a European country.

Now here’s the kicker, wait for it…

61% of the participants said that it’s important to have good knowledge of technology in today’s age.

Something tells me there were a bunch of those parents in this study that make the world bigger than it seems sometimes. Would you have missed any of those terms? Make some noise in the comments below!

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