Internet Explorer (is) for Dummies - it's a scientific fact

1 August 2011

Hey you! Yes you over there, using Internet Explorer! You're thick as pig manure, you are! It's true. What's that? Your barely developed noggin doesn't understand? Then come over here, you mono-browed dunderhead, and I'll explain it very slowly to you.

A bunch of Canadians thought there may be some correlation between people who resist change and stick to established browsers, and their IQ - a point the morally-superior Opera users have suspected for quite some time. So the Canadians, a firm called AptiQuant, set up a study - Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage - to find out either way.

What did they discover?

"A significant number of individuals with a low score on the cognitive test were found to be using Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6.0 to 9.0. There was no significant difference in the IQ scores between individuals using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari; however, it was on an average higher than IE users.

Individuals using Opera, Camino and IE with Chrome Frame scored a little higher on an average than others. These data support the hypothesis that the IQ score and the choice of web browser are related."

If the test was only conducted on a handful of their mates, you'd quite rightly dispute the findings. Which is why 101,326 individual contributed to the result:

Bitterwallet - IE users are stupid, fact
To summarise, then:

"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."

Time for the Bitterwallet team to upgrade from IE6, then. Although we don't see why we should.

TOPICS:   Technology

16 comments

  • Dick
    Their is nuffink rong with NCSA Mosaic, witch is wi I yuse it.
  • Mad H.
    I wonder if they've got the cause and effect the wrong way around - maybe IE6 has actively been making it's users stupider for the last 5 years?
  • Simon
    Don't have to be too smart to understand that there is no correlation between the most advertised browser and the BEST browser. Clearly Opera users are smart enough to understand the need to explore other alternatives, rather than just relying on what they saw in some TV advert, or using something that someone down the pub told you was good once. In other words, this is not just a IQ relationship, it's also about independent thought rather than sheep-like usage patterns. I'm also guessing it's not just browsers, as for example if you survey the difference between Xbox and PS3 owners you will also see a very large gap with PS3 being higher IQ by some margin, simply because it's a smarter purchase choice.
  • Justin M.
    If you have Explorer as your browser, you get frequent updates, especially linked to security. Clearly because hackers take shots at Explorer all the time. Have Chrome or Firefox like I do, and the only update that MS try to force on you is for Explorer itself to be installed. Therefore, help protect your PC from intruders by uninstalling Explorer, which is a slow browser anyway.
  • james D.
    Justin I strongly recommend that you remove explorer from your machine, if you have any running processes called explorer.exe you should terminate them straight away. Windows will run much better then.
  • SimonG1
    You don't have to be too smart to understand that there is no correlation between the most advertised browser and the BEST browser. Clearly Opera users are smart enough to understand the need to explore other alternatives, rather than just relying on what you saw in some TV advert, or using something that someone down the pub told you was good 5 years ago and must therefore still be the best (Firefox syndrome). In other words, this is not just a IQ relationship, it's also about independent thought rather than sheep-like usage patterns. I'm also guessing it's not just browsers, as for example if you survey the difference between Xbox and PS3 owners you will also see a very large gap with PS3 being higher IQ by some margin, simply because it's a smarter purchase choice.
  • Justin M.
    James, did you misread what I wrote? I uninstalled Explorer a long time ago and use Chrome. I'm advising against using Explorer and thought I was clear about that.
  • Justin M.
    Simon, it's not the better purchase choice for an ergonomic controller, smooth online gaming experience and for playing Halo, Gears or Crackdown though is it? There are 'sheep' out there that own any of the consoles. It's not as clear cut as choosing a browser that is barely marketed to any audience.
  • Charnock
    To be fair, there is no mention of the IQ test used here, so you're probably talking about a test from upwards of 50 years ago with more holes in it that Iexplorer ever had. As per usual people are making random assumptions about intelligence on the basic of discredited tests. Funded by someone possibly.
  • Charknob
    Charnock, I can only assume you must be an IE user since you are too stupid to click on the link in the article and read the details of the assessment procedure (the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IV devised in 2008 if you were wondering).
  • Sawyer
    You people are over-analysing this. It's all down to the names: - Internet Explorer is favoured by the not-so-smart because it's obvious what it does. Maybe Firefox is installed as well, but that's never gonna get used because it sounds dangerous. - The middle-intelligence people are average and dull. They need excitement and self-expression. That's why they choose funky and exciting browser names like Firefox and Safari. - As for the elite percentiles, well, they like intellectual pursuits. Hence Opera, like the dramatic art form. Simples.
  • Charnock
    Wechsler IV might as well have been 50 years ago.
  • TechLogon
    Firefox syndrome?? Opera fans should read the actual PDF report - the second graph (browser % usage) is more enlightening. Of people in the top 10% of IQ range: 34% use Firefox (the most popular) whilst 10% use Opera - fewer than even IE8! Opera is too niche to produce meaningful results in the first graph of average IQ by browser - but that wouldn't get as many headlines...
  • StauntonLick
    WTF IS DIS REAL??? Apparently not: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14386833
  • Neil
    LOOOL at everyone hear arguing about a FALSE report! Haha come on y'all I mean we poke so much fun at IE & MSFT because of it, but did you REALLY think that it was a true study?? Did you read the bad grammar in the introductory section? And that the company was founded by someone called Leonard Howard? Probably a pop culture reference to two of the five main characters in Big Bang Theory??! Hehe still funny though, but you gotta take things like that with a pinch of sodium-free salt :-). PS. I use Firefox, Chrome, AND IE, and have used Opera on my smartphones, so what does that make me, a god?!
  • Neil
    Re: James - "Justin I strongly recommend that you remove explorer from your machine, if you have any running processes called explorer.exe you should terminate them straight away. Windows will run much better then." LOOOOL!! That'd be fun to see! Hahaha! Tip: That is as good a piece of advice, as it is true that the "research findings" in question, was funded by Microsoft.

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