3 Embarrassing Tech Mistakes You're Probably Making & 5 More to Watch For

Rebecca Stokes LOL

keyboardA recent (and hilarious) survey proved some pretty interesting things about the average American's understanding of the technologies that most of us use every day. I love my computer and I love my TV and everything both devices do quite dearly. Still, I'd only consider myself borderline-literate when it comes to understanding the world of tech and all its splendors. But apparently I'm doing a lot better than some other folks currently kickin' it on this fair planet of ours.

Did you know that 1 in 10 people polled actually think that HTML is a sexually transmitted disease? If that were true, I might as well swatch my person in a body-sized prophylactic, because I'm up to my eyeballs in the stuff daily. Ew. I've made myself ill. But that wasn't the only tech term that threw folks for a loop.

Folks polled also thought that a gigabyte was an insect usually found in Africa. Additionally, they thought that motherboards were something found on a cruise ship. I can't even with this. It's making me feel like I'm basically a more alive version of Steve Jobs (too soon). I was cackling to myself about this, and I came up with a few other tech terms that we could easily trick these people into believing were defined as follows:

1. Defrag

A rare, tropical cure for the sudden onset of tiny frogs gestating in the abdominal cavity of a human being or house cat.

2. PDF

Shorthand, an acronym for a phrase coined by mean high school girls: Polite Dumpy Friends.

3. Google Chrome

The indestructible metal (crafted by Google) that adheres to Wolverine's skeleton, making him almost impossible to injure.

4. Outbox

A place to go to the bathroom. (And Microsoft wept.)

5. Cache

A small box full of jewels and also a magical lamp wherein a genie resides. Fun fact, when you "clear your cache," the genie gives you four wishes in thanks.

What are some tech terms that still throw you?

 

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