RIP Society: One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is A Sexually Transmitted Infection

Earlier this week, teachers on Reddit revealed some of the craziest misconceptions students have about sex. We can’t blame them for thinking that Skittles are a perfectly acceptable form of birth control, we can only blame the adults who’ve left them woefully uniformed.

Well, according to a new survey, they’re not gonna find much reliable information from adults either. An email poll conducted by to find out how knowledgable Americans are about tech-related terms discovered that, sadly, 11 percent of the more than 2,000 participants thought that HTML (the code used to build websites) was a sexually transmitted infection. That’s about one in ten Americans who thinks you can contract HTML from unprotected sex.

In addition, 27 percent of adults 18 and over thought a gigabyte was an insect found in South America, 23 percent identified MP3 as the robot from “Star Wars,” 18 percent mistook Blu-ray for a marine animal and a whopping 15 percent was certain software was slang for “comfortable clothing.”

This can only mean one thing: time to pull up our software pants and let the Skittle control and HTML prevention education commence. [LA Times]

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