Let the flame wars begin–
Luckily for San Franciscans, a quick survey of local residents seems to indicate that IE is not the primary choice for an Internet browser in The City. But according to results gathered by psychometric testing company, AptiQuant, Internet Explorer users rank at the bottom of the pile for IQ scores when compared to other browser users.
Are they sure?
The tests conducted by AptiQuant involved over 100.000 individuals regarding IQ scores in relation to what type of browser they were using. In the final analysis, IE users of versions 6 through 9 showed lower IQ ratings than those using Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Camino, and Opera.
How the test was conducted
Over a period of approximately 28 days AptiQuant provided online users with a free intelligence assessment test and noted which browsers the participants were using when logged on. All results were recorded for individuals 16-years old and above.
An unpublished study conducted in 2006 by the company showed similar results:
“In addition, the results were compared to another unreleased study of a similar nature undertaken in year 2006. The comparison clearly suggests that more people on the higher side of IQ scale have moved away from Internet Explorer in the last 5 years.”
Opera users sing
So who were the brightest of the bunch? According to the study, those who used the Opera browser scored the highest in IQ with scores of 120 to 130. An “average” IQ score range is 90-109 while scores of 120 or above indicate some of the highest levels of intellect.
Don’t shoot the messenger
As if to deflect any verbal bombs thrown at AptiQuant for its report, Leonard Howard, CEO of the company stated:
“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.”
IE users such as Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, feel much better now.
Update: The report by AptiQuant has been uncovered as an elaborate hoax by a prankster. We knew IE users were smarter than this but the prank certainly caused a great deal of buzz around water coolers around the country.
Source: PCmag, AptiQuant
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