Hoax: Stupid people prefer Internet Explorer

Canada based, psychometric-assessment firm AptiQuant has released a report correlating the scores acheived in their online IQ test with the browser being used to take the test with.

With a sample group of 101,326 users, the report notes that IE users rank significantly lower than other browser users, Camino and IE with Chrome Frame users ranked a little higher on average, and there was no significant differance between other browser users.

Under the threat of lawsuit from a group of Internet Explorer users, the CEO of the company, Leonard Howard made a statement insisting “The report released by my company did not suggest that if you use IE that means you have a low IQ, but what it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer”

The report concludes “The study showed a substantial relationship between an individual’s cognitive ability and their choice of web browser. 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.”

“It is common knowledge, that Internet Explorer Versions to 6.0 to 8.0 are highly incompatible with modern web standards. In order to make websites work properly on these browsers, web developers have to spend a lot of unnecessary effort. This results in an extra financial strain on web projects, and has over the last decade cost millions of man-hours to IT companies. Now that we have a statistical pattern on the continuous usage of incompatible browsers, better steps can be taken to eradicate this nuisance.”

As someone who uses both Firefox and Chrome on a daily basis, it is reasurring to know that my IQ must be somewhere in 220 range.

The full report can be downloaded at: http://www.aptiquant.com/IQ-Browser-AptiQuant-2011.pdf

It turns out that between writing this post and publishing it, the article has been proven to be a Hoax. This is funny, because the conclusion that people with lower IQ are less likely to explore their browsing options is a sound argument, and the strain placed on web developers supporting old software that never gets updated is definitely significant.

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