Internet Explorer users have a lower than average IQ

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  1. Internet Explorer users have a lower than average IQ, according to research by Consulting firm AptiQuant.

    The study gave web surfers an IQ test, then plotted their scores against the browser they used.

    IE surfers were found to have an average IQ lower than people using Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Users of Camino and Opera rated highest.
    The report has sparked anger from IE supporters, who have threatened AptiQuant with legal action.

    Researchers gave over 100,000 web surfers a free online IQ test. Scores were stored in a database along with each person's web browser data.
    The results suggested that Internet Explorer surfers had an average IQ in the low eighties. Chrome, Firefox and Safari rated over 100, while minority browsers Opera and Camino had an "exceptionally higher" score of over 120.

    AptiQuant stressed that using IE doesn't mean you have low intelligence. "What it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer," said AptiQuant CEO Leonard Howard.

    The findings have been treated with skepticism by Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University's Statistical Laboratory: "They've got IE6 users with an IQ of around eighty. That's borderline deficient, marginally able to cope with the adult world.
    "I believe these figures are implausibly low - and an insult to IE users."
    However, Mr Howard said he didn't feel threatened by a lawsuit: "A win in a court would only give a stamp of approval and more credibility to our report."
  2. People still use IE? lol
  3. #3 mushroomsatsuji, Aug 6, 2011
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    Only ones who aren't computer savvy. It's that or safari.
  4. #4 Fëanor, Aug 6, 2011
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    IE has a couple of advantages:

    - It works best with Microsoft websites. The fancier the bullshit on the Microsoft site, the less likely it is to work without IE.

    - Group Policy. There is absolutely no practical way to efficiently manage other browsers in a large enterprise network. Example: you have 500-600 computers, and you need to make sure that no pop-up from GC is ever blocked. Go.
  5. As an Opera user I'm not surprised
  6. Oh look, this thread again....:rolleyes:

    Nah, but this "study" has already been proven to be a hoax.
    Internet Explorer IQ report was a hoax -

    Just the very notion that someone could determine intelligence through what browser someone uses, should have been enough to make you second guess it in the first place. That's as trivial as saying people who choose orange soda or grape are more intelligent.
  7. Seems like this is junk science

    I use Firefox for my desktop and laptop and Opera Mini on my phone I mean it's so much faster than my stock android browser

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