It's a question I've often asked myself: Why would anyone in their
right mind continue to use Internet Explorer when so many better and
free options are available? Now we have an answer, of sorts.
Vancouver-based testing firm AptiQuant Psychometric recently polled
more than 100,000 English-speaking adults in the United States, the
United Kingdom, Canada, and Australasia. They were asked what version
of browser they used, then asked to take a standard IQ test.
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The results: People who use Opera are most likely brainiacs; those who
prefer Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Camino are, while not exactly
Einstein, still smarter than your average bear; and those who use any
flavor of Internet Explorer probably could not find their mouse with
both hands and need help tying their shoes.
According to AptiQuant, IQs for IE users ranged from barely above 80
(for IE6) to about 95 (for IE8); the IQ of your average schmoe is 100.
Even the smartest IE users are most likely dumber on average than
somebody you happened to run into at Wal-Mart.
Worse, the average IQ for IE users has dropped by roughly 20 percent
since AptiQuant's previous survey in 2006. Either IE users are getting
dimmer each year or all the smart ones left for better options.
(For the record, I stopped using IE as my regular browser a few days
after Firefox 1.0 came out. That was in late 2004. I've felt smarter
One bright point for Microsofties: People who use IE with a Chrome
frame plug-in are among the best and brightest. AptiQuant doesn't say
how many people that group comprises, but I'd be surprised if it were
more than a handful.