Americans: we don’t know anything about sex or technology! There are tons upon tons of computer programming languages, but HyperText Markup Language, or HTML, is by far one of the most common. It is, in fact, a large component of what’s allowing you to read this right now, but, still around 11 percent of us think HTML is a sexually transmitted disease.
A study from VoucherCloud found that result after surveying Americans aged 18 and older about a number of terms—tech and not—and asking them to match them with a definition. Roughly 1 in 9 said that HTML is a disease contracted through sexual acts with another human.
Which, of course, really says more about our knowledge about and willingness to discuss sex and STDs than our apparent ineptness with technology. Sure, there’s plenty of older people in the US who wouldn’t even be able to tell you what HTML is with any sort of accuracy, but this survey included young adults who would almost be guaranteed to know. Topics relating back to sex, not so much.
Still, though, the whole HTML issue wasn’t the only flub. Time breaks down a few gems: