Study: IE Users Have Lower IQs
Especially if they haven't upgraded
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2011 3:30 PM CDT
The logo shortcuts for IE and Chrome.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – If you’re reading this site on Internet Explorer 6, you should know you’re not in good company. A new study from a Canadian company called AptiQuant has found that Internet Explorer users are on average significantly less intelligent than users of other browsers, especially if they’re using older versions. Those still running Internet Explorer 6 have an average IQ just above 80, while Firefox and Chrome users are up at around 110 and Opera and Camino users above 120.

The study was based on more than 100,000 people who took a free IQ test on AptiQuant’s site. It concludes that there’s “a clear indication that individuals on the lower side of the IQ scale tend to resist a change/upgrade of their browsers.” Mashable notes that though IE6 is ancient, and probably “the world’s most hated browser,” with its compatibility issues and security flaws, it is still often found on older computers.

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Rembrandt_Q_Einstein
Jul 31, 2011 11:37 AM CDT
For those of us who work in IT this explains so much.
jgarbuz
Jul 30, 2011 3:54 PM CDT
However, a very few companies, like Apple, decided to ignore the stupids and to concentrate on a small, highly educated market of "elite" professionals, ignoring all the doomsayers. Everyone predicted decades ago that Apple, which chose to go upscale to produce well crafted, albeit expensive machines, had no long term future. But 30 years later, here we are. Like the Germans who produce nicely polished, well engineered products, Steve Jobs refused to take the low road that Bill Gates, his rival, took. Gate made the billions earlier on, but Jobs has got the respect, and now the billions as well. So it is not ALWAYS true that ignoring the stupid is a invariably a losing strategy. Some have avoided the pitfalls of not bothering with the stupid masses. But not many. Basically, if you choose the high road, most likely you'll fail and fall.
jgarbuz
Jul 30, 2011 3:44 PM CDT
By definition, half the population has a BELOW average IQ, and half are above average. Many companies, especially Microsoft, have recognized the importance of marketing to stupid people. P.T. Barnum's famous dictum was, "A sucker is born every minute." Another is, "No one ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the American people." And so, taking advantage of suckers and the feeble-minded is what getting rich quick is all about. Liberals, academics. and other "do-gooders" are the ones who want to "educate the masses" but to no avail! There is only just so much "education"you can effectively pour into a limited brain; the rest just spills over and goes to waste. No point in agonizing over it. TO paraphrase Jesus, the stupid will always be with us, and so those who have the cold blood to take advantage of them shall inherit the earth. Hopefully, the rest will go to Heaven :)