We live in a digital age and sometimes those of us who work within or in technology automatically think others are adept at technology and our lingo. Thus the dangers of using such wording to other people.
An interesting new technology study from VoucherCloud of 2,392 men and women aged 18 and over from across the U.S. presented respondents with a list of technology related terms, and non-technology related terms and asked them to select from a choice of three possible definitions what best defined the word they had been shown.
- 42% defined “Motherboard” as the deck of a cruise ship
- 23% defined “MP3″ as a Star Wars robot
- 18% defined “Blu-ray” as a marine animal
- 15% defined “Software” as comfortable clothing
- 12% defined “USB” as an acronym for a European country
- 11% thought “HTML” was an STD
“We wanted to see just how far knowledge of tech terms goes for the average Joe on the street, being an online business; and it seems that quite a few of us need to brush up on our tech definitions! It’s perfectly understandable that a lot of people won’t know what SEO is, but it will be interesting to see how many more of these terms become more mainstream as tech continues to play a huge role in our lives.”
The next time you use any terms or acronyms in a tweet, in a presentation, in a daily conversation, make sure you explain or give context to that of which you speak. You never know who may not know what you’re talking about.
I’m not a religious person, but I try to participate in Lent every year. I do believe in the idea of giving something up to better yourself and refocus your efforts.
What is Lent?
From the Catholic.org website:
Lent is about conversion….That always involves giving up sin in some form. The goal is not just to abstain from sin for the duration of Lent but to root sin out of our lives forever. Conversion means leaving behind an old way of living and acting in order to embrace new life in Christ. For catechumens, Lent is a period intended to bring their initial conversion to completion.
According to tweets, this is what most Christians are giving up (#15 made me laugh):
The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These observances help us turn away from whatever has distracted or derailed us and to turn back to faith.
How I see it as a non-religious person: Giving up something for Lent is ultimately a form of fasting. We deprive ourselves of some small pleasure or indulgence and offer that sacrifice up. Or we give up a bad habit such as smoking as a way of positively turning our life back around.
Typically you do give something up, but I’ve decided to give up being lazy by adding exercise at least every other day. I would like to do at least 30 minutes of exercise and that’s where I’m going to keep my goal.
It’s so easy to be negative, especially in light of my recent changes. I really admire my Twitter friend Shana Douglas for giving up complaining and want to try this as well. I definitely need to focus on solutions and identifying strengths instead of identifying more problems.
- 30 minutes of exercise every other day
- run 10 miles
- give up complaining
Time to get started!
What are you giving up or adding for Lent this year?