Can Your Browser Choice Really Betray Your True IQ?

Can Your Browser Choice Really Betray Your True IQ ?

GumpIf you’ve tried everything you can think of to convert your friends and family over to your browser of choice, we’ve come up with a pair of new weapons for your arsenal. The tools we're offering you here are not only persuasive, but involve an entertaining mix of both science and shame. According to AptiQuant Psychometric Consulting, a person’s IQ has at least a slight influence on which browser they are likely to use, and unfortunately for Microsoft the headlines haven’t been kind.

Are Internet Explorer Users Dumb? – CNN

Internet Explorer Users Have Lower IQs – The Independent

Just How Stupid Are IE Users? - CNET

As you may have already guessed, the AptiQuant survey of over 100,000 random web users concluded that Internet Explorer users are the least intelligent on average. But don’t let that shiny new auto-updated version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari delude you into thinking you’re the cream of the crop. Users of Camino, Opera, and IE with Chrome Frame scored much higher than any of the mainstream choices.

Whether or not you choose to believe the science behind the full report is up to you, but for what it’s worth the company’s CEO Leonard Howard claims that his inbox is overwhelmed with hate mail from loyal IE users. In a follow up interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Howard clarified his company’s interpretation of the results, just in case you were starting to feel offended. "I just want to make it clear that the report released by my company did not suggest that if you use IE that means you have a low IQ, but what it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer."

There you have it folks, you’re not dumb if your using IE, but if you’re using IE you might be dumb. Everyone got it straight now? Glad we cleared that up!

Posted: 2011-07-31 18:33:55