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If you’re a regular reader of MakeUseOf then you probably consider yourself something of a geek. A geek who knows all there is to know about technology and the Internet. But do you, really? It’s time to find out by taking this short quiz from Pew Research.
By answering the 12 questions all about technology and the Internet, you’ll be able to determine how knowledgeable you are on all things geeky. You’ll also be able to compare your results to the representative sample of 1,066 people who officially took the quiz.
Well, what are you waiting for?
Test Your Web IQ
As part of its ongoing commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, the Pew Research Center recently put a sizeable number of Internet users’ geeky knowledge to the test with a quiz related to technology and, in particular, the Web.
The quiz is now online for anyone to take. We couldn’t resist taking it, and we suspect you’ll be similarly inclined to test your knowledge of the Internet. So, we invite you to go and do that right now by taking the Pew Internet Quiz, before coming back here to take a look at the results.
Dissecting The Results
Q1: The Internet and the World Wide Web are the same thing… True or False?
The correct answer is False. Just 23 percent of respondents answered this correctly. Any of you who answered incorrectly should read our explanation of the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web.
Q2: Twitter limits the number of characters per tweet to 140… True or False?
The correct answer is True. An impressive 60 percent of respondents answered this correctly. Which suggests that even those people who don’t actively use Twitter know about its self-imposed limitations.
Q3: Moore’s Law relates to how many transistors can be put on a computer chip… True or False?
The correct answer is True. A measly 34 percent of respondents answered this correctly, but then they obviously never read our explanation of Moore’s Law. Those dummies.
Q5: The first widely popular graphical Web browser, released in 1993, was… Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, Mosaic, or Opera?
The correct answer is Mosaic. This was shows to be the hardest question included in the quiz, with just 9 percent of respondents answering it correctly. This isn’t surprising, but it is rather sad as we owe a debt of gratitude to Mosaic and the people who developed it.
Q6: Who is this technology leader (Picture of Bill Gates)… Steve Jobs, Sergei Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, or Bill Gates?
The correct answer is Bill Gates. A whopping 83 percent of respondents answered this correctly. But, to be honest, we’re a little surprised it wasn’t even higher given Gates’ notoriety as a geek and status as the richest man in the world with a fortune of $76 billion.
Q7: Who is this internet leader (Picture of Sheryl Sandberg)… Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, Meg Whitman, or Arianna Huffington?
The correct answer is Sheryl Sandberg. Just 21 percent of respondents answered this correctly. This is hardly surprising as unless you’re a keen follower of technology news you wouldn’t recognize any of the names offered as possible answers.
Q8: The Apple iPhone was first released in what year… 2005, 2007, 2009, or 2011?
The correct answer is 2007. Just 36 percent of respondents answered this correctly, which we found rather surprising. Apple fan or not, the moment Steve Jobs stood on stage and unveiled the first iPhone was, after all, a turning point for consumer technology.
Q9: Choose the bigger amount of information… A kilobyte or a megabyte?
The correct answer is a megabyte. A whopping 74 percent of respondents answered this correctly. The other 26 percent can be forgiven for making such a simple mistake. However, they should read our guide to memory sizes.
Q10: ‘Net Neutrality’ refers to… “The postings on websites that are nonpartisan,” “A promise by users of some websites that they will not make critical comments,” “The way Wikipedia editors are instructed to handle new entries on their site,” or “Equal treatment of digital content by internet service companies?”
The correct answer is, “Equal treatment of digital content by internet service companies.” A disappointing 61 percent of respondents answered this correctly. Perhaps if more people understood what net neutrality actually is there would be more of a push to protect it.
Q11: Which university was the first on Facebook… Harvard, Stanford, MIT, or University of illinois?
The correct answer is Harvard. Just 42 percent of respondents answered this correctly. But then answering it correctly would require you knowing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg attended Harvard.
Q12: What does ‘URL’ stand for… Ultra Reliable Linkage, User Responsibility Liability, Unique Rate Limit, or Uniform Resource Locator?
The correct answer is Uniform Resource Locator. A euphemistic 69 percent of respondents answered this correctly. That would surely have been lower if the other possible answers hadn’t been quite so preposterous.
How Many Did You Answer Correctly?
So, how did you do? Did you answer all 12 correctly? Or, like me, did you get one wrong? Be honest and let us know your score in the comments below. And remember, no one likes a liar.
Are you pleasantly surprised that 61 percent of people know about net neutrality? Or are you shocked to discover a measly 23 percent of people know that the Internet and the Web are two different things? Either way, let us know your thoughts below.