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New Survey Reveals Astonishing Facts About Americans And Their Knowledge About Internet, 80 Percent Consumers Can't Explain How the Internet Works

Internet has become such an integral part of our lives that we actually depend on it for a lot of our daily task, especially at work. However, when you are using the internet so much on daily basis you might believe that you know pretty much about the actual dynamics that run along with it, right? Well, there might be a possibility that what you believe in when it comes to the internet and the world wide web, might not be true because that is what happened with a pretty good percentage of Americans.

HighSpeedInternet asked 1K Americans a few basic questions about the internet. Surprisingly, 8 in 10 of the surveyed respondents were not sure about their knowledge of the internet, only 20 percent stood actually correct.

The first question when the survey was started was that if the people in the survey knew about how the internet worked, while 80 percent of them had their own imagination on the dynamic of how the internet worked, all of them stood incorrect. This comes as a shock because while internet is such a necessary means of life now, not many of us dive into actually knowing how it works. Just for your information, as per Wikipedia, "The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that uses the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to communicate between networks and devices. It is a network of networks that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies."

Back to the survey, the results revealed that 68 percent people thought that U.S has the fastest broadband internet. Considering how it is the leading country when it comes to tech and scientific advancements, we understand that was ought to be the first guess. However, just for additional information Singapore hold the title for the fastest broadband internet.

When questioned about what they think more bars on a WiFi signal meant, 60 percent of the Americans thought that it means faster speed. However, it just means that your WiFi is providing better and strong strength. However, when it came to 5G or mobile data, 77 percent of the surveyed people did not know about which service was the best carrier for the 5G. 62 percent did not know what the G stood for in that particular word.

Some even go as far as believing that 5G signals are a cause of many factors which lead to cancer, Covid, bird dying in the environment, and some even believe the 5G conspiracy road theory.

60 percent of the Americans also thought that the World Wide Web and the Internet are the same thing, which obviously is incorrect. [Now again as per Wikipedia, "The World Wide Web (WWW), commonly known as the Web, is an information system where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), such as https://google.com/, which may be interlinked by hyperlinks, and are accessible over the Internet. The resources of the Web are transferred via the HTTP or HTTPs, may be accessed by users by a software application called a web browser, and are published by a software application called a web server. The World Wide Web is not synonymous with the Internet, which pre-dated the Web in some form by over two decades and upon the technologies of which the Web is built."]

While this survey had only American citizens in it, and we can see that a lot of percentage did not have basic information about it, we wonder what the rest of the world and developing countries might do in this survey.

Conclusion: It's 100 percent fine if you don't know how the internet works, but it's absolutely not okay if you don't know what the internet does or can do.

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