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#1 UndergroundWire

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:14

A research firm posted an IQ test on its Web site and then compiled the results from more than 100,000 users.

It found that there was no substantial difference between users of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

But Internet Explorer users had IQs below average.

That's a switch from five years ago, when IQs were more or less the same across all browsers. The company, Aptiquant, bills itself as a "psychometric consultant." Its main business is creating tests to help businesses hire well.

Now before all you Opera users get too satisfied with yourselves, there are lots of possible reasons why IE users scored so low:

  • IE has about twice the installed base of any other browser, so IQs are more likely to tend toward the mean.
  • IE is the default browser of 95% of people who don't know how to download and install a new browser, which drags down the average. (Mac users in this boat stick with Safari.)
  • People who use other browsers include a disproportionate number of computer geeks, which brings their averages up.
  • Online IQ tests -- or IQ tests in general -- are silly.
  • IE users really are kind of dumb.
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Source: http://www.aptiquant...s-exactly-that/
The full report can be downloaded at: http://www.aptiquant...iQuant-2011.pdf


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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:19

It's kind if pointless study in the first place. But anywho I have all 3 major browser installed, but I use mainly IE. If that makes me dumb in anyone eye so be it.

#3 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:20

isnt their use in an inferior browser proof enough?


IE9 really isnt all that bad however, i still refuse to use it lol.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:25

I use IE9, does that make me dumb for using what works best for me?

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:31

Try being a web developer and you'll see why IE is an inferior browser.

P.S. I use Firefox and Chrome (depending on the situation). Firefox has a lot of cool grease monkey scripts and plugins. Chrome is fast but the plugins are not as good as Firefox IMO.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:34

Try being a web developer and you'll see why IE is an inferior browser.


That was true in the past, not so much with IE9.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:40

A research firm posted an IQ test on its Web site and then compiled the results from more than 100,000 users.

It found that there was no substantial difference between users of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

But Internet Explorer users had IQs below average.

That's a switch from five years ago, when IQs were more or less the same across all browsers. The company, Aptiquant, bills itself as a "psychometric consultant." Its main business is creating tests to help businesses hire well.

Now before all you Opera users get too satisfied with yourselves, there are lots of possible reasons why IE users scored so low:

•IE has about twice the installed base of any other browser, so IQs are more likely to tend toward the mean.

•IE is the default browser of 95% of people who don't know how to download and install a new browser, which drags down the average. (Mac users in this boat stick with Safari.)

•People who use other browsers include a disproportionate number of computer geeks, which brings their averages up.

•Online IQ tests -- or IQ tests in general -- are silly.

•IE users really are kind of dumb.

Great article :) Yes the study says that IE users are dumber but it shows some reasoning why and things of the study.

Greate article :) Neowin sometimes should write article this way :)

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:42

That was true in the past, not so much with IE9.


Still holds true. Try viewing http://www.themeparkhype.com/ and tell me what you see different?

Great article :) Yes the study says that IE users are dumber but it shows some reasoning why and things of the study.

Greate article :) Neowin sometimes should write article this way :)


Yup, that's there finding with IQ and a possible explanation as to why. The conclusion of the report says more study is needed. But it's interesting that 5 years ago the IQ's were not that different from people that use different browsers.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:45

Still holds true. Try viewing http://www.themeparkhype.com/ and tell me what you see different?


When viewing in IE9 and FF5, each browser displays a different header photo (both are very blurry and distorted) and IE9 shows the login button as a rectangle while FF5 shows it as rounded edges......however, FF5 shows very poor formatting around the edges (some odd borders) while IE9 does not. Not sure which is correct, but the site looks odd either way.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:52

What kind of stupid bull**** it is?

Quite possibly the dumbest observation of all time.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:58

I don't know about "Dumb Per Say!" But they are usually really stupid computer users. Now i'm not saying EVERYONE who uses IE is a stupid computer user. Just the Majority of them.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 16:00

An enormously big majority of enterprise use IE. I don't think they're dumb Posted Image

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 16:02

I wouldn't take offense just because you use IE. This article is biased in that IE is preinstalled on the vast majority of computers. Now the "dumb" people don't even know what a browser is, let alone have the knowledge to know there are other options for browsers to download.

If Firefox came preloaded on every version of Windows then it would be deemed the browsers choice for idiots.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 16:07

I wouldnt say "dumb", more like "Computer illiterate".

The ammount of times I get called over to fix a parents computer, open IE and see this.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 16:10

I wouldnt say "dumb", more like "Computer illiterate".

The ammount of times I get called over to fix a parents computer, open IE and see this.

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Yeah, why would someone choose that as their homepage rather than Google or Bing?