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Browser preference by IQ score

Browser preference by IQ score

This graph is better than all the ads I’ve seen. It’s all you need if you want to join the gang of the uber cool. If you use Firefox you are part of the vast average. You would do well to switch to Opera because that’s what the really intelligent people are using. But your cool-coefficient goes up even more if you use Camino, because not even many of the most intelligent use it yet!

AptiQuant‘s study of the IQ of people classified by the web browser they use 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. This hypothesis can be extended to any software in general, however more research is needed for that, which is a potential future work as an extension to this report.

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.

The AptiQuant web site has a post on causality:

AptiQuant, the company that released the report titled ‘Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage’ about the relation between an individual’s IQ score and their choice of web browser yesterday, is being threatened with a lawsuit by a group of Internet Explorer users. Internet Explorer users were labelled as the ones having the lowest IQ as compared to other browsers mentioned in the report.

Leonard Howard, the CEO of the company said that he has been receiving hate mail from IE users since yesterday. He said, “I just want to make it clear that 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.” He further went on to say that the company did not feel threatened at all by the lawsuit threats because they have all the scientific data and logs to back their claims. “A win in a court would only give a stamp of approval and more credibility to our report,” he quipped.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

August 1, 2011 at 4:39 am

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