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We’ve long said that folks would be smart to use Google’s Chrome browser or Mozilla’s Firefox. We’ve never gone so far as to say that Internet Explorer users are stupid, but someone else has gone and done it for us.
AptiQuant, which is a Vancouver-based “psychometric consulting company,” has released a report (.PDF) on a study it called “Intelligence Quotient and Browser Usage: Measuring the Effects of Cognitive Ability on the Choice of Web Browser. The study was designed to compare IQ between users of different Web browsers.
Meanwhile, the middle ground in terms of IQ was taken up by those using Chrome, Firefox and Apple’s Safari, who showed no significant difference in their IQ scores. On average, however, those using Internet Explorer (6 – 9) scored lower than all of the other Web browser users.
To be succinct (you’re not using IE to read this, are you?), the study found that if you are using Internet Explorer, you probably have a lower IQ that someone using Firefox, Chrome, etc. etc. Opera users were, according to the study, the ones with the highest IQs. [Ironically, the slogan on Opera’s website is “Smarter Browsing.”]
Also of note is the fact that as the IE version went up, so did the IQ of the users. Thus, Internet Explorer 9 users were the smartest of all IE users.
The researchers concluded that the reason behind this is that users with lower IQs tend to stick to outdated software. The researchers said, “From the test results, it is a clear indication that individuals on the lower side of the IQ scale tend to resist a change/upgrade of their browsers. This hypothesis can be extended to any software in general, however more research is needed for that, which is a potential future work as an extension to this report.”
Admittedly, we promptly went to the Opera website and downloaded the current version, 11.5. We also discovered that since the last time we tried Opera, they added extension support, including a LastPass version for Opera and Opera AdBlock as well. Hmm.
We’ll have to give it a shot.