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Study: 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD

Mar 04, 2014

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!

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