Only 16% of Americans Understand “The Cloud”

That’s right. A stunningly low proportion of only 16% Americans know what “the cloud” is, according to a national survey conducted by Wakefield Research, commissioned by Citrix. Other stunning statistics to come out of the survey are as follows:

  • 29% of correspondents responded with a reference to an actual cloud, the sky or something related to weather when asked what “the cloud” is.
  • There are 95% who think they’re not using the cloud when they actually are.
  • 40% think that working “in their birthday suit” at home would be one of the cloud’s greatest advantages (though I’d have to give them that that is a fair benefit…)
  • 56% of respondents believe that others pretend to know what the cloud is, when they don’t.
  • 51% believe that stormy weather would interfere with cloud computing.
  • There are 32% who believe the cloud is something that is only of the¬†future and 15% believe that the cloud is for those who work in technology.

You should check out the Citrix article and results for more information about the study, and decide whether there was something wrong with the questionnaire, or if our society is just that disconnected from what they’re doing. I’m reckoning the latter…

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