ONE IN 10 Americans believe that HTML is a sexually transmitted disease.
That is the finding of a survey from discounts website Vouchercodes.net that has made its way into the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
The survey led the company to tell the LA Times that while people have an interest in technology they might not have the best understanding of it.
"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," a spokeswoman told the Times. "It seems that quite a few of us need to brush up on our tech definitions."
The survey, covered in some details by the paper, found a very loose grasp of acronyms and tech speak, and discovered that a quarter of them think that a Gigabyte is an "insect commonly found in South America."
Eleven percent of people confused HTML with a nagging groin issue, 23 percent think that MP3 is a Star Wars droid, and 18 percent think that Blu-ray is a marine animal.
We've had to check the date, and are sure that this is not an April Fool's day. However, it really does have the ring of one. Stand in a room with 10 people and consider that one point five of them think that software is comfy clothing, and just over four think that a motherboard is a deck on a ship.
Then leave that room. µ