TIME technology

Study: 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD

HTML Tag on a Computer Monitor Screen
Nick Koudis—Getty Images

According to a new study

Had a particularly raucous night that ended with you doing the walk of shame the next morning? Uh oh, hope you don’t get HTML. Just kidding! HTML is a programming language that’s used to make websites, but according to a new study from VoucherCloud and published by the L.A. Times, 1 in every 9 Americans–or exactly 11%–think HTML is actually a sexually transmitted disease. VoucherCloud surveyed 2,392 people ages 18 or older and, according to the L.A. Times, “were given both tech and non-tech terms and were asked to choose from three possible definitions.” The results? An embarrassing amount of Americans think HTML is a disease you can catch from another human being–which says a lot about the state of both sex and computer education in the U.S. Other findings, unearthed by the Times:

  • 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.

It’s like they ONLY interviewed my grandma and her friends!

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


YOU BROKE TIME.COM!

Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team