The survey took place with a sample of 1,066 people in the US aged 18 or above, requiring them to have at least used the internet occasionally. That could have been through a regular desktop browser, Pew says, or via a phone or tablet.
Their results are sometimes surprising. 83-percent correctly identified Bill Gates from a photo, for instance, though 10-percent thought he was actually Steve Jobs.
Only 36-percent of people asked knew that the first iPhone was released in 2007, and more than three-quarters of those in the survey believed that the Internet and the World Wide Web were the same thing.
With issues like privacy and data protection so timely, and yet comprehension of what’s actually at stake so generally low, it comes as only a mild shock that some of the things we’d take for granted aren’t, in fact, commonly understood. If you want to see how you do yourself, Pew has put the Web IQ test up for open access.