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20% of Brits Think Steve Jobs is a Soccer Player

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 15 comments

Steve Jobs is a soccer player, SaaS used to fight in the war and phishing is a rude thing on the Internet.

I know there's a lot of people who couldn't care less about technology and it doesn't bother me. My own sister doesn't know the difference between HD DVD and Blu-ray. I'm used to repeatedly explaining why a home movie I burned onto a CD-RW won't work in her DVD player. I've even gotten used to the dreaded tech support phone calls. "I'm at the local library, the computer is frozen and I can't find the power button!" She lives in a different world. Hers is filled with sheet music and instruments she's only had a couple of days with but can somehow play. Some people just have different interests and that doesn't make them any less intelligent than the rest of us. Be that as it may, some of the people in this clip really freaked me out. How could they not know what a social networking site is?

A little background before you watch, perhaps? A UK PR firm decided to conduct an IT survey in which they asked 1,000 people questions about technology. Nothing too difficult but sort of general knowledge questions like who is Bill Gates. The harder ones include, "What is a wireless dongle?" "What is phishing?" and "What is a pixel?"

Surprisingly, even the easier questions, such as "Who is Steve Jobs?" went unanswered. 20 perecent of people thought he was a soccer player,10 percent thought he was a trade union leader and the older gentleman at 3:28 looked genuinely insulted that he was being asked any questions at all. "Steve Jobs? I've never heard of the man," he declared. Or, my personal favourite part of his interview, "Phishing… If anyone of those [answers] is to do with this Internet or email, then tick that one."

To be fair, the Brits are not alone when it comes to ignorance in this area. The two American ladies at 1:47 knew who Steve was but were tripped up by Bill Gates' profession. Eventually settling on the answer, "Windows," the two knew that Bill lived in Seattle but couldn't name his company.

As for the two adorable French lasses at 2:37, "Very… little … bad English!" Unless their interviewer also had flash cards or visual aids, I think their interview can be discounted.

Watch below and tell us how you think your friends/spouses/family would do.

UK IT survey

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    kobbra , 18 January 2010 21:35
    Well to be honest I'm pretty sure that my parents have no idea who is Steve Jobs, or what twitter or facebook are, but I don't consider them less intelligent. Jane you've said the best:"Some people just have different interests and that doesn't make them any less intelligent than the rest of us". And the persons in this video, actually many of them, were quite informed, about different technologies or tech related persons, so it wasn't that bad. Oh yeah btw I have my own small quiz(try to answer without googling your answer):
    What does MS-DOS stand for?
    What does BIOS stand for?
    AGain no googling.
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    redkachina , 18 January 2010 21:51
    LoL that's amusing..
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    princeofdreams , 18 January 2010 22:13
    Why is it important that someone knows who Steve Jobs or Bill Gates are? Seriously now it has absolutely no importance at all unless you are part of the IT industry, and even then still has very little significance.

    I think people who don't know what social networking sites are are blessed to be honest, they have real lives, not everyone in the world needs to type "I'm in the supermarket deciding what to have for dinner" on twitter to have a sense of self satisfaction with their lives.

    We have become obsessed with technology, with connectivity and this whole process of putting your stamp on the (virtual) world, some people are so obsessed with updating everyone with what they are doing, they never actually do anything worthwhile.

    And besides the people who don't have any IT knowledge keep the rest of us employed :)  so god bless and may the ignorance and "REAL" lives continue
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    Anonymous , 18 January 2010 22:16
    I shouldn't think ANY think he's a soccer player...

    A football player on the other hand, fair enough.
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    malphas , 19 January 2010 00:53
    Big deal, not everyone cares about IT trivia. Lots of people don't even have computers and, perhaps to the incredulousness of some, still manage to lead productive, normal lives.
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    mi1ez , 19 January 2010 00:54
    MicroSoft-Disk Operating System
    Basic Input Output System
    Too easy Kobbra!

    Right, IT geeks.
    Who is Germaine Beckford?
    Who is Robert Pattinson?
    How does photosynthesis occur?
    What is the gestation period for a rat?

    You mean you don't know?

    I don't really see that this quiz proves anything.
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    Anonymous , 19 January 2010 01:09
    I bet fewer than 1% would have known who Steve Ballmer is.
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    Anonymous , 19 January 2010 01:13
    yet more american crap i can live without on the .co.uk site, for god sakes it is FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    cj_online , 19 January 2010 01:14
    @Princeofdreams... if ya don't like Technology..then GTFO ... (of the tech world that is... ie stop driving, lose the ipod/computer etc and go live in a farm out in the middle of nowhere)
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    ukgooey , 19 January 2010 02:16
    mi1ezMicroSoft-Disk Operating SystemBasic Input Output SystemToo easy Kobbra!Right, IT geeks.Who is Germaine Beckford?Who is Robert Pattinson?How does photosynthesis occur?What is the gestation period for a rat?You mean you don't know?I don't really see that this quiz proves anything.

    Plays for the Scum, Gay vampire, Something to do with the sun, 4 weeks?

    Couldn't resist. Am I right?
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    princeofdreams , 19 January 2010 04:42
    cj_online@Princeofdreams... if ya don't like Technology..then GTFO ... (of the tech world that is... ie stop driving, lose the ipod/computer etc and go live in a farm out in the middle of nowhere)


    I never said I did not like technology, I said knowing who Steve Jobs & Bill Gates has no relevance to normal people, I also commented that some people where so concerned with Tech, virtual social interaction that they lose sense of their real lives... I think you should actually try reading a comment rather than skimming/speed reading it, it is obviously not your forte :) 

    I am more than happy with the tech in my life, and keeping in touch with it & what is relevant to me, the fact my opinions don't coincide with yours is not justification for me to "GTFO" nor do i have any inclination to "go live on a farm in the middle of nowhere" well except maybe to avoid ignorant, self serving people like yourself who obviously think that their own opinion is far more valid than any others, and I hate to break it to you (actually thats a lie I kind of like it) its not...
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    Anonymous , 19 January 2010 15:04
    This is just coutryism by another name. Why do we "brits" care who steve jobs is? another question for you is why SHOULD we care?

    Honestly, look after your own country before you start criticising a country that has a much better world reputation than your own.

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    Anonymous , 19 January 2010 18:49
    20% isn't a bad proportion with regard to the subject matter. If someone is expected to be well known in Britain, its usually a football player, so I can see why if you ask someone "Do you know who Steve Jobs is?" it would be appropriate to assume (if you didn't know) that he is a football player by the fact that you are asking that person and the guess work is probably influenced by the way the question is being asked. I think I've given an example why this article, mostly due to its headline, is sensationalism.
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    fishyfish , 19 January 2010 18:54
    It actually doesn't surprise given the fact, that 20 percent of british school kids believe Adolf Hitler was a german football player and Holocaust was a massive celebration ending WWII.

    But hey, what do you expect when 10yrs old learn about global warming mumbo-jumbo, but have problems counting to 10.

    Ignorance is bliss.
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    princeofdreams , 19 January 2010 21:34
    fishyfishIt actually doesn't surprise given the fact, that 20 percent of british school kids believe Adolf Hitler was a german football player and Holocaust was a massive celebration ending WWII.But hey, what do you expect when 10yrs old learn about global warming mumbo-jumbo, but have problems counting to 10.Ignorance is bliss.


    You sir obviously live your life in a very ignorant state of bliss, would care to back up your assertions with hard correlated facts? No I didn't think so... IDIOT