Skip to comments.IQ level tied to choice of internet browser
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 Quotients (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.
Well, he *is* using a Mac, so he probably has to use four just to get the thing to give him some decent functionality.
IE and 144
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.
Our local emergency services office still has Netscape on the computers. Don’t ask why.
One that actually has a Save feature, one that allows menus, one that....
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..............
Do they still have floppy drives?...................
Scientologists offer free IQ tests if you visit their, uh, temples. Go right ahead use Firefox users!
Breaking News: Internet users who click on free IQ test links have a lower average IQ than poodles.
Or they feel the default works fine, so why fiddle with it when they have better things to do.
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Which is actually a pretty intelligent response...
I’m always amused by the computer geeks who like to spend their time messing about with the setting in the OS. Personally, I’d prefer it if I was unaware my computer had an OS. I don’t want to fiddle about with running a computer, I want to do things with it.
If anything, there may be a better correlation between what ISP a person uses and their IQ.
Like if they’re are STILL using AOL....
We got your results. Stan, you’re depressed.
Yes, very much so. It’ll only cost $200 for initial auditing to make you feel better.
With OS10 anyway, Opera is the fastest. Chrome is the most stable, from what I have read.
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Once for me and once for my IE!
My genius keeps it dry.
My screen is 3.5 inches.