Microsoft's venerable Internet Explorer is one of the most popular web browsers available on the market today, but attempting to link a person's intelligence to the type of browser he or she uses for their daily dose of Internet content may just sound a little too far-fetched, right? Not for AptiQuant it isn't. Apparently, the Canadian company has published a study which does exactly that. And the results? Sorry Microsoft, but the findings suggest that users of your web browser are not that smart after all. Ouch.
Does one's choice of web browsers have any bearing on his or her intelligence level? Most people might not think so, but leave it to a Canadian company known as AptiQuant to attempt to find such a link in one of its recent studies. And the results of this study? Well, fans of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser may want to look away right now, for AptiQuant's findings are suggesting that users of Internet Explorer are less intelligent than users who are on competing browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Camino and Opera. And no, we are not making this up.
According to a report published on Mashable, the study, which is known as “Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage”, compiled IQ test scores of 101,326 volunteers which are reportedly older than 16 years of age, and further sub-divided them into groups according to the browser they use. And the results are anything but flattering, especially if you happen to be an Internet Explorer user. This is because the study has determined that "users of Internet Explorer 6 have an average IQ score barely more than 80", which is a far cry from the average IQ score of 100 that was returned from Firefox and Chrome users. And to top it off, Opera and Camino were by far the best performers in this study, boasting users with average IQ scores of more than 120.
The study also ends with the conclusion that “individuals on the lower side of the IQ scale tend to resist a change/upgrade of their browsers", a trait which it regards as a nuisance. This makes sense, considering how Mashable has claimed that "It’s only logical" that users with a higher IQ are more likely to be more adventurous and actively seek out better alternatives to enhance their existing web experience.
However, it does not change the fact that some Internet Explorer users may perceive such findings as one which indirectly pokes fun of their intelligence level, especially if we take into account the fact that an average adult's IQ level usually hovers around the 100 mark. Then again, it could also be a classic case of Mark Twain's famous "Lies, damned lies and statictics" line in action. Only you can be the judge of that.