The survey has found that while many Americans have heard of cloud computing, they don't really understand what it means. Most believe it can be affected by the weather, while some think it refers to pillows, drugs, toilet paper or a mysterious network.
The survey commissioned by Citrix found that while 54% of Americans asked say they don't use cloud computing, 95% of them do use things like online banking, Facebook, Gmail, online gaming, photo or music storage sites and online shopping, all cloud based services.
The survey questioned 1000 American adults last month and found a third of those asked, say they believe the cloud is a thing of the future, even though they are already using it. But despite their confusion, 59% believe the "workplace of the future" will exist entirely in the cloud.
About one in five Americans admit that they’ve pretended to know what the cloud is or how it works, 14% of them in a job interview. Young Americans are the most likely to fake it (36 percent ages 18-29, 18% ages 30 and older).
After learning more about it though, 68 percent say it has economic benefits by lowering costs (35 percent) and encouraging small business growth (32 percent). Among those who hardly ever or never use the cloud, the top three reasons are cost (34 percent), security concerns (32 percent) and privacy concerns (31 percent). Digital Journal reported last month that even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is worried about the security of cloud computing.
But others see some unexpected benefits of the cloud, like the ability to work from home in their "birthday suit" (40 percent), accessing files from the beach (33 percent) and keeping embarrassing videos off their personal hard drive (25 percent).