Spoiler alert: it's not.

According to the LA Times, an online coupon site recently conducted a survey of ~2,400 people about how well they know relatively common tech terms, and the results were ... depressing.

In addition to the bit about HTML, here are some other highlights:

  • 42% said they believed a "motherboard" was "the deck of a cruise ship." A motherboard is usually a circuit board that holds many of the key components of a computer.
  • 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.


According to the terms of the survey,

"The participants were not told that the study was specifically looking into their knowledge of tech terms. They were presented with both tech and non-tech terms and were asked to choose from three possible definitions." Everyone surveyed was older than 18.


Ironically, 61% of respondents agreed that it is important for individuals to be familiar with computer jargon. SMH.