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Are These The Most Tech-Savvy States? This Map May Surprise You

A recent review of the number of tech questions Googled per state found a few states need more help than others
People in states shown in red and orange asked the most tech questions on Google, compared to the states seen colored in yell
People in states shown in red and orange asked the most tech questions on Google, compared to the states seen colored in yellow and green, according to a search engine review.

When it comes to today’s newfangled technology, people in some states appear to need a little more hand-holding than others.

A review of each state’s Google usage appears to show that residents of Vermont ask more questions about technology than people in any other state. Perhaps no surprise, California, which is the home to many tech corporations, asked the fewest questions.

Decluttr, a website that typically focuses on helping people resell unwanted electronics, announced its findings in a blog post on Monday.

The website compiled a list of over 700 technology-related questions and then determined which states asked the most of those questions by reviewing Google’s database of searches by location.

To get a rough estimate of the average number of questions asked per person, the website then divided each state’s population by the number of questions asked.

According to the website’s findings, Vermont, Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska and South Dakota were among the top five states for most questions asked. Vermont, South Dakota and North Dakota are also among the top 10 states with the smallest percentage of their population living in urban areas.

Residents in California, Texas, Florida, New York and Ohio, meanwhile, asked the fewest tech questions. Four of those states also happen to be the most populous in the country, leading the website to ask: “Perhaps they’ve got more friends to ask?”

According to the website’s findings, some of the top questions asked around the country included:

  • What is a smartphone?
  • What is an HDMI cable?
  • How to tell if my DVD player isn’t working
  • How to use a laptop

Check out each state’s ranking here, as well as the entire top 10 most popular queries.

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