Survey: Americans Clueless About Cloud Computing
A recent survey of 1,000 Americans suggests that Americans like to think they’re on top of the latest innovations in cloud computing, but they actually know little about it. Even more unfortunately, many of them think that the cloud is in some way tied to the weather, according to an article from Web Pro News.
The survey, conducted by Wakefield Research for Citrix, found that 51 percent of respondents believe that stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing. A majority (29 percent) of respondents think that the cloud is an actual cloud. Only 16 percent actually knew what the cloud was.
However, survey takers act that they knew more about the cloud than they actually do – 22 percent pretend to know what the cloud is during everyday conversation, and most of that faking takes place during work. Oddly, though, 17 percent reported having pretended to know about the cloud during a first date.
The survey also found that 54 percent of respondents claimed to never use the cloud in their everyday lives, but 95 percent of them actually use a cloud-powered device daily – mostly Facebook, online banking, gaming or file sharing, the article reports.
However, despite a fair lack of knowledge about the cloud computing trend, 68 percent of Americans see cloud computing as the future and they key to saving the economy.
The respondents do, however, seem to grasp the major concerns about cloud computing. Thirty-four percent of respondents said that cost is the largest concern while security and privacy concerns follow closely at 32 and 31 percent respectively, the article says.
Also interesting – the majority of respondents (40 percent) see the major advantage of the cloud as being able to work from home in the nude.