A third of people think that cryptocurrency refers to funeral finance

A survey of more than 2,000 members of the British public looking at technological terminology has revealed that many are still unsure about the meanings of common words and phrases. For instance, the survey found that just less than a quarter of respondents thought that HTML is text-speak for ‘Hi There My Love’, while more than a third said they thought ‘cryptocurrency’ is a reference to funeral finance.

One of the UK’s leading cloud distributors has surveyed more than 2,000 members of the British public, with interesting findings.

Asked to choose which of a selection of possible answers was the correct one, 38% of people said they thought ‘cloud computing’ related to using technology while on a flight.

The survey, commissioned by intY, also revealed that 23% of respondents thought that HTML is text-speak for ‘Hi There My Love’, while 36% believed ‘cryptocurrency’ related to funeral finance.

To help reduce the misunderstanding around common technical ‘jargon’, intY has released a ‘Dictionary of Computing’. It is hoped it will help people grasp a basic understanding of computing terms.

See the full survey results and intY’s ‘Techtionary’ (dictionary of computing).

Read the techionary!

When asked...

What is the blockchain?

41% answered that it was another name for an old-fashioned toilet pull flush. 28% thought an IP number was an international phone number.

Do you understand how the cloud works as a concept?

53% responded ‘no’. Of the respondents that answered ‘yes’, only 2 in 5 could correctly define the cloud.

What does HTML mean?

Just less than a quarter of respondents thought that HTML is text-speak for ‘Hi There My Love'.

What about cryptocurrency?

More than a third said they thought ‘cryptocurrency’ is a reference to funeral finance.

Cloud computing is a term used to describe the distribution of hosted services over the internet, which enables access to shared information and resources. A few examples of cloud-based platforms include Google Drive, iCloud and Microsoft Office Online.

intY is one of the UK’s leading cloud service distributors, connecting resellers with the right cloud-based products. intY is focused on having a plethora of experienced and knowledgeable experts to support a business in their cloud goals.

We know the world of IT and computing can be complex, but we think our Dictionary of Computing jargon-buster might just help people struggling with a few technical words and phrases we in the industry probably take for granted.

“The cloud is an enormous part of billions of peoples’ lives around the world, so we wanted to look at just how well the general public understood fairly common terms. Services like Apple’s iCloud or Google Drive are used daily by a huge number of people, yet a large number wouldn’t recognise them as cloud-based services. Add that to the fifth of people that appear to have missed the cryptocurrency ups and downs of the last few months, and we think our Dictionary could be a bit of educational fun!
— Craig Joseph, CEO, intY
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