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IQ level tied to choice of internet browser
http://www.physorg.com ^ | 08-01-2011 | Staff

Posted on 08/01/2011 12:26:25 PM PDT by Red Badger

In a study that is likely to incite controversy, AptiQuant, a Vancouver, British Columbia based Psychometric Consulting company has released a report that it says shows users of Microsoft Internet Explorer have lower Intelligence Quotient’s (IQs) than do users of other internet browsers. The company is basing its claims on scores online users received when taking the online Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (IV) test.

The test results were collected from over 100,000 English speaking people from New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada and the United States, over a span of four weeks and the score results were compared with the browser used to reach the site offering the test, which were offered free to random users.

In its report, AptiQuant describes how those that took the test found it via search engine queries or ads placed on other sites, meaning that they were looking to take such a test, and those who indicated they were under 16 years of age were sent to another site and were therefore excluded. Once logged in users were asked their age and sex and were then given the IQ test pertinent to their group.

After the four week trial period, test scores were correlated with browsers and AptiQuant says that the results very clearly show (via graph) that people who scored higher on the test were moving away from Internet Explorer to other available browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Camino and Opera. In addition to labeling those who scored lower as less intelligent, the AptiQuant authors also suggest that such visitors were also likely more resistant to change, which they suggest would probably be the case with any other software on the market as well.

One interesting aspect of the report is in how scoring results are interpreted as either “higher” or “lower,” rather than as above or below average, a term more often seen in such types of study; the reason being that the former denotes a sense of judgment, while the latter does not. Thus, in their findings, the authors find some of its test-takers to be of higher or lower intelligence, than others, rather than finding some of the test-takers to be of higher or lower intelligence than average, which is a marked distinction.

An interesting twist to the story is that a group of loyal Internet Explorer users are apparently banding together to sue AptiQuant over its report and company CEO Leonard Howard has reportedly said that his company has received a lot of hate mail as well.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Technical
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FIREFOX RULES!!!..............

1 posted on 08/01/2011 12:26:30 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: ShadowAce

Ping!............


2 posted on 08/01/2011 12:27:13 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Only an idiot would think such a thing.


3 posted on 08/01/2011 12:28:22 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Red Badger

Breaking . . . the average IQ of a Honda driver is DIFFERENT than the average IQ of toaster users. I’ve even heard that there is a distinct “THIRD CATEGORY” of average IQs amongst people who have between 2 and 3 garden gnomes in their side yard (not front).


4 posted on 08/01/2011 12:30:05 PM PDT by ruiner
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To: Red Badger

I like FF and Opera.


5 posted on 08/01/2011 12:31:40 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: CodeToad

A more fundamental correlation, IMO, is that Windows users have, on average, a lower IQ than Unix, Linux or Mac users.
And most Windows users, especially those of lower IQ, don’t have the smarts to use a different browser on their Windows machine.

Me: I’ve four browsers on my Mac.


6 posted on 08/01/2011 12:32:30 PM PDT by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: Red Badger

Those who are less intelligent are on average more likely to use the default setting.

Well, duhhh.

Personally, I use IE and Chrome. Have no idea what this indicates about my IQ and could not possibly care less.


7 posted on 08/01/2011 12:32:59 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: ruiner
the average IQ of a Honda driver is DIFFERENT than the average IQ of toaster

I'll agree with that part............

8 posted on 08/01/2011 12:33:36 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Study is bogus, anyone with a high IQ would not stop to take their silly ass survey.


9 posted on 08/01/2011 12:34:14 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: Red Badger

...And scientists are still puzzling over another shocking discovery. People who use welded chains to hold up their mailboxes are twice as intelligent as those who stick those “granny bending over” decorations in their gardens.


10 posted on 08/01/2011 12:36:11 PM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Red Badger

If you want to update your windows machine you have to use IE. For everything else, there is Opera. http://www.opera.com/


11 posted on 08/01/2011 12:37:10 PM PDT by yuleeyahoo
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To: Red Badger
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12 posted on 08/01/2011 12:37:20 PM PDT by null and void (Day 921. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: Red Badger

So, somebody just thought up a new way to increase the average intelligence of the population.

It’s as simple as everybody dropping Internet Explorer, and just installing Firefox or Google or one of the lesser known or least used browsers.

Noe, if you use IE, and then move to FF, and then move back to IE, your intelligence level is fluctuating all over the place, and then, you’ll be confusing the real idiots of the tech world, and that’s the people who conducted the above poll to begin with.


13 posted on 08/01/2011 12:37:29 PM PDT by adorno
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To: Red Badger

Is Netscape still around? I used to use that years go on an older computer.


14 posted on 08/01/2011 12:38:21 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS!)
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To: Solitar

Either that or more intelligent users of Unix, Linux, or Macs needed an internet IQ test to make them feel warm and fuzzy while less intelligent users of IE/Windows did not.


15 posted on 08/01/2011 12:39:35 PM PDT by ruiner
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To: Red Badger

Isn’t a browser a shopper who doesn’t buy something?


16 posted on 08/01/2011 12:41:49 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: ruiner
Breaking . . . the average IQ of a Honda driver is DIFFERENT than the average IQ of toaster users.

That's especially true if they try to drive that toaster while incapacitated by drugs or alcohol.
17 posted on 08/01/2011 12:42:07 PM PDT by adorno
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To: Red Badger

As an Apple devotee and one who realizes how much I give up when I’m forced to use Windows 7 at work, I still think that article has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve seen.

‘Twould be a much better to provide a survey of congress-critter IQs...which would undoubtedly prove that those folks are subnormal in every category save for perhaps propensity for dishonesty.


18 posted on 08/01/2011 12:42:20 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I think it died out...................


19 posted on 08/01/2011 12:42:34 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger; camle; Alkhin; Professional Engineer; katana; Mr. Silverback; MadIvan; agrarianlady; ...
ruiner ~ the average IQ of a Honda driver is DIFFERENT than the average IQ of toaster

Red Badger ~ the average IQ of a Honda driver is DIFFERENT than the average IQ of toaster

TOASTER: Would you like some toast?
LISTER: Uh-Uhm.
TOASTER: Some nice hot crisp brown buttered toast?
LISTER: Uh-Uhm.
TOASTER: You don't want any toast then?
LISTER: No.
TOASTER: What about a muffin?
LISTER: Nothing!
TOASTER: You know the last time you had toast? 18 days ago. 11:36, Tuesday the 3rd. Two rounds.
LISTER: Ssshhh!
TOASTER: I mean, what's the point of buying a toaster with artificial intelligence if you don't like toast?
LISTER: I *do* like toast!
TOASTER: I mean, this is my job! This is cruel! Just cruel!
LISTER: Look, I'm busy!
TOASTER: Oh, you're not busy eating toast, are you?
LISTER: I don't want any!!
TOASTER: I mean, the whole purpose of my existence is to serve you with hot, buttered, scrummy toast. If you don't want any, then my existence is meaningless.
LISTER: Good.
TOASTER: I toast, therefore I am.
LISTER: Will you shut up?!

20 posted on 08/01/2011 12:42:38 PM PDT by null and void (Day 921. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: Red Badger

I must be too stoopid to unnestan modern, uhm, science.


21 posted on 08/01/2011 12:43:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Red Badger

I use my Blackberry to surf.

I guess their chart isn’t big enough to hold my IQ.


22 posted on 08/01/2011 12:44:02 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Red Badger

Uses way too much memory and crashes too much. Get Chrome.


23 posted on 08/01/2011 12:44:54 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Nuts; A house divided against itself cannot stand.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

i miss gopher


24 posted on 08/01/2011 12:45:29 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Red Badger
Fanbois and haters, they might have an average IQ that is statistically higher than others, but they are probably more likely to be self absorbed jerks too. (From the Lowenstein Institute)...

Me, I use whatever works for me at the time and place.

25 posted on 08/01/2011 12:45:38 PM PDT by Paradox (Obnoxious, Bumbling, Absurd, Maladroit, Assinine)
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To: Red Badger

The people I know who have very high I.Q.s don’t even know how to use a personal computer. They don’t want to be bothered with all the silly BS that comes with one.


26 posted on 08/01/2011 12:45:58 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans need to wean their government off of its dependence on foreign money.)
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To: Red Badger

I’m superior, you’re inferior. Na naa na naa


27 posted on 08/01/2011 12:46:23 PM PDT by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: Red Badger
My experience has been, over decades, that delusionary personalities who claim to have higher IQ, don't.

Every time the test is made available (and can only be taken once,) I consistently score higher than the loudest crowers.

28 posted on 08/01/2011 12:47:02 PM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Red Badger
Only an idiot would believe there is a correlation between browser and IQ.

Most people simply don't care enough about what browser their computer uses to bother changing it. However, only an immature intellect would exult that their choice of browser has been said to be indicative of a high IQ.

When I was in my twenties, being a member of Mensa and trying to show off how brilliant I was seemed important to me . . . I can't for the life of me remember why . . . I guess low self-esteem.

Not a problem any more, I out grew it.
29 posted on 08/01/2011 12:47:43 PM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: yuleeyahoo
If you want to update your windows machine you have to use IE.

FALSE! Windows Update is now disconnected from the browser. The option is still there, but if you choose it, it will call a separate program. The Windows Update icon is found at start/programs

30 posted on 08/01/2011 12:47:49 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Nuts; A house divided against itself cannot stand.)
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To: Solitar
I haven't seen such conspicuous consumerist preening since the Amiga days, in fact it is so overt that I suspect you are being satirical.
31 posted on 08/01/2011 12:48:56 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: null and void

That’s racist!!!!111!! I doubt they accounted for socio-economic factors in interweb browser use. We all know these so-called “intelligence” tests are biased against certain people. Therefore we must conclude that if there is a disparity in race between users of browsers then there must be a corresponding disparity in the results of these “intelligenKKKe” tests.


32 posted on 08/01/2011 12:49:12 PM PDT by ruiner
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To: Darteaus94025

Yeah, or it could be a cow out in a field (or horse, or goat, or sheep). :)


33 posted on 08/01/2011 12:50:02 PM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: adorno

I’m not sure if there’s anything wrong with IE9. It seems fine to me. I don’t use it because I’m out of the habit, unless I have to access something that requires it. FF I have to use because it has Zotero, the citation manager add-in. Unfortunately, it has no add-ins for any other browser, which stinks. I think I’ll get rid of it.


34 posted on 08/01/2011 12:50:12 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Nuts; A house divided against itself cannot stand.)
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To: Red Badger

Sounds to me like they’re trying to “inspire” people to take their online IQ test.


35 posted on 08/01/2011 1:01:01 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Jonty30
I use my Blackberry to surf.

YOU MUST HAVE THE GIGANTIC MODEL...............Doesn't it short out when it gets wet?.................

36 posted on 08/01/2011 1:03:00 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Solitar

LOL, I use Windoze and IE (well, Firefox some) and there’s a 99.865% chance that my IQ is higher than any random FReeper you can choose.


37 posted on 08/01/2011 1:06:18 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home." - Cicero)
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To: Solitar

“Me: I’ve four browsers on my Mac.”

Couldn’t master the first one, huh?


38 posted on 08/01/2011 1:06:22 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Red Badger

OK, they are intelligent. But do they have common sense, or the ability to figure out simple tasks? I have known several intelligent PHD’s who couln’t find their way out of a wet paper bag.


39 posted on 08/01/2011 1:07:41 PM PDT by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: Red Badger

IE and 144


40 posted on 08/01/2011 1:07:55 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: CodeToad; Solitar
Couldn’t master the first one, huh?

Well, he *is* using a Mac, so he probably has to use four just to get the thing to give him some decent functionality.

41 posted on 08/01/2011 1:09:11 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home." - Cicero)
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To: Red Badger

IE and 144


42 posted on 08/01/2011 1:12:05 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: ruiner

What about pink flamingos in the yard? For some reason I have a hankering for some of those to go along with my toilet planter and the big whitewashed truck tire planter out by the mailbox.


43 posted on 08/01/2011 1:13:35 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Our local emergency services office still has Netscape on the computers. Don’t ask why.


44 posted on 08/01/2011 1:14:53 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

One that actually has a Save feature, one that allows menus, one that....


45 posted on 08/01/2011 1:21:29 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: vpintheak

Yes, it amazes me the people, even here on FR, that somehow equate IQ with ‘smart’. They are not the same. You can have a large IQ and still be stupid..............


46 posted on 08/01/2011 1:21:59 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: meatloaf

Do they still have floppy drives?...................


47 posted on 08/01/2011 1:23:49 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red Badger

Pathetic!


48 posted on 08/01/2011 1:29:45 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Red Badger

Scientologists offer free IQ tests if you visit their, uh, temples. Go right ahead use Firefox users!


49 posted on 08/01/2011 1:32:24 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Red Badger

Breaking News: Internet users who click on free IQ test links have a lower average IQ than poodles.


50 posted on 08/01/2011 1:33:31 PM PDT by trailboss800
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