This is the most insane thing we've heard all week, other than the news that time travel is impossible. A non-scientific survey by AptiQuaint claims that, of the 101,326 users who took an IQ test on several different web browsers, Internet Explorer users scored the lowest. Ha ha?
Internet Explorer's been on the downfall ever since Firefox hopped onto the scene and bit into its pie, then Chrome came out and bit a chunk from everybody. It also didn't help that Internet Explorer 6 was partly responsible for the Chinese hacking Google last year. Now, we hear news that IE users are less intelligent than Chrome, Firefox and Safari?
That's only mildy true, as the IQ test was entirely voluntary and was "self-selected," meaning participants scored were only those who stumbled upon it online.
The results are fascinating. Users of Internet Explorer 6 have an average IQ score barely over 80; Firefox and Chrome users fare much better, with average IQ scores of around 110, while Opera and Camino users have an average IQ score over 120.
It's also interesting to note that average IQ scores of IE6 users were significantly higher in 2006, and that the IQ scores get better with newer version.
What's even more interesting is that Camino and Opera users scored the highest. Well, actually, not really, because if you even know what those browsers are, you're probably already more tech savvy than the general population.
So, do you feel smarter for not using Internet Explorer? I'm not sure I'd feel smarter, but I definitely feel more efficient using Firefox or Chrome.
Those with with some time to spare can check out the full report here (PDF).