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Survey Shows Some Knowledge of Internet

The World Wide Web is 25 years old and, after a quarter of a century existence, many Americans  have decent knowledge of the Information Highway.

SurveyThat’s what the results of a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre show. The online survey includes nearly 20 questions and was distributed to 1,066 random Internet users with some interesting results including more than half exhibiting knowledge regarding Net neutrality and less than half understanding how a company’s privacy policy works.

The center, on its site, explained “around three-quarters (of respondents) know that a megabyte is bigger than a kilobyte” and a “majority of online adults do not use Twitter, but knowledge of Twitter conventions is fairly widespread nonetheless: 82 percent of online Americans are aware that hashtags are most commonly used on the social networking platform, and 60 percent correctly answer that the service limits tweets to 140 characters.”

Perhaps less surprising is the breakdown in those who answered correctly. The center broke down those figures and found respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 were more likely to score higher on the test while those 65 and older answered fewer questions correctly.

Aaron Smith, senior researcher at Pew, was quoted by PC Mag as noting Internet knowledge has grown, though.

“Substantial majorities of Internet users are able to correctly answer questions about some common technology platforms and everyday Internet usage terms,” Smith said. “On the other hand, relatively few Internet users are familiar with certain concepts that underpin the Internet and other modern technological advances.”

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W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.

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