Weekend tech reading: Study says IE users have lower IQs

By Matthew · 56 replies
Jul 31, 2011
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  1. Study: IE users have lower IQs An online IQ assessment test was offered on our website. Most of the subjects came to the website either by organic searches from search engines, or…

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  2. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    *Switches to Firefox*
  3. And businesses that code specifically for IE are really dumb!

    IE now has a market share just under 25%.
  4. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Not even going to try and top that Benny ... lmao
  5. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    The study also shows that Opera users have the highest average IQs. The final summary is that IE6 users should upgrade... even though IE9 users have lower IQs than IE8 users.

    Nice one Benny, btw. lmao indeed.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    Online IQ tests have the nasty reputation of being one more way to gather peoples personal information. I avoid them like the plague.

    And thanks for the link Matthew, but I unfortunately haven't the slightest intention of dropping the script blocking in Firefox to read it.

    One questions why the article needs to be in PDF form anyway.

    Will someone ballsy enough to approach the site with IE, please post their findings about the IQs of "Chrome" users?
  7. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    One ballsy user reporting!

    Chrome users have an average IQ of 110. That would be about 20-30 points more than the average IE user (IE6 to IE9). Interesting enough; IE with "Chrome frame" users have an average of 125 IQ points. I have no clue what that means to be honest (I'm merely a Chrome user, synonymous with 'complete *****' it seems).

    In the top 10, Chrome users were on the fifth place - IE with "Chrome frame" on third, right next to Camino (second) and Opera (first).

    There is no data for Chrome dating pre-2011.
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I already knew this....I had the article in my Speed Dial ©...:D
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    I just logged in with IE6 to ask you, "what's a speed dial"...? :confused:
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Well thanks for screwing that up! :haha:
    Speed dial is the website save/preview feature add on for Opera.

  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    Oh, you mean the pretty click me home page thingy that you can install in Opera to take you right to your favorite pages? I have a pretty picture of a Phoenix bird on mine. I'll have to launch Opera one day, to see if it's as. pretty as I remember.

    A hearty thanks indeed for your intrepid reportage!

    IQs that approach 80 I believe are considered learning challenged. (?) (110-30=80)!
    Now see, if I wrote that sentence it would read,
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Thats the one. It is extremely pretty with V-Glass or such.
  13. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Wow, Ubisoft has really lost it. Does somebody know how to put on a straitjacket on a whole company?

    So what you're saying is, IE is sort of like the dunce cap of the internet?
  14. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I had an IQ test just to be safe, and i came out with a bog average of 119. Although, that might not be quite true because i have been known to be a lucky person, and as everyone knows: A lucky person will always have a good IQ, because the questions are all multiple choice.
  15. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Not sure about all this, but think my IQ has dropped a couple of points just from reading this thread.
  16. bchen88c

    bchen88c TS Member Posts: 23

    Chrome Frame is a plugin to IE 6-9 that gives its JS technologies inside the program, supposedly making IE faster with some Chrome code.
  17. Det

    Det TS Rookie Posts: 84

    News flash!
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    So, this study would have me believe that people with IQ's well above average (if the average is 120+ in some cases then there must be a few bona fide geniuses to offset the hoi polloi) partake of "online IQ tests". I suppose the next study will show that theoretical physicists are more likely to apply for a FREE! Green card, try the Acai Berry diet, and click to join the perfectly above-board Russian dream-girl dating/marriage service.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    You know I said something like that:
    But that was before I knew there were Russian girls involved! Where do I leave my email address(es)?
  20. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Ah, sort of. I'm actually keen on finding out what makes online IQ tests attractive to people with off-the-scale intelligence...i.e. could a super-mega-hyper-intelligent person actually be drawn to- what is generally regarded as the province of- online phishing and scams in general. If intelligent people are drawn to this kind of activity, then maybe the online test should actually incorporate an emotional intelligence (EQ) factor to allow for the intelligencia's need for simple online validation.
    Ask for Yuri @ http://www.Justfilloutthisformstupid.ru (clicking this link makes you a Mensa candidate by order of Aptiquant)

    BTW: Congrats on getting Asomugha - cornering the market on cornerbacks.
    Commiserations on the Donovan McNabb move. At least you wont have to worry about FavreFavreFavre!!! overthrowing receivers by twenty yards...now you'll have Donovan throwing the ball into the dirt five yards in front of tight ends on simple crossing routes.
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Hi Chef,
    I wish I could figure out what the hell they are doing over there in winter Park. The last time they did this (1998) with Randall Cunningham, It was a throw the ball straight up in the air and let Moss and Co come down with it. I think this year the opposition will be coming down with the ball more times than not....They have been saying for years that since the 83' draft (the Marino.Montana,Elway class, QB talent has been declining....but is it really this bad?

    **** To keep it on topic, have you ever talked to anyone who didn't score 154 or so on the "online IQ" test?
    Ya know...since I started using Opera a few years ago...I have had sudden urges to go out and buy a Mac..:confused:
  22. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    a well above average iq(or genius) is 130+.
    An IQ test itsself is a statistical survey; It only includes people taking the survey.
    EX: If everyone in the world took an iq test and then we took everyone who scored 100 or lower to take another iq test, the people with 100 iq would be counted as geniuses on the second iq test.
    An iq test is judging intelligence relative to others taking the test.

    i was a little skeptical about the test, so i did some calculations.
    people using IE6: 9.18%
    there is a 9.18% chance that the differences between the average iq of 100 and the average iq of IE6 users, 80, are just due to dumb luck(if you were to perform this survey multiple times, you would get this result in about every 10 tries). The generally accepted statistical significance value is 5%, so people who use IE6 probably aren't dumber than every one else.
    people using camino:4.18%
    people using opera:4.75%
    People who use camino and opera are probably smarter than the rest of us, for some strange reason.

    There are always a huge number of factors and room for errors in these tests, so take them for what they are.
  23. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Those 1 million unemployed Foxconn workers are going to move to Mongolia and open up their own bootleg iPad factory.
  24. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    The Panthers are giving Cam Newton $22m in guaranteed money- does that answer your question? Look on the bright side at least the Vikings didn't plump for Mark Bulger
    Yeah. Once met a guy who only scored 145...He told me this while I was helping him tie his shoelaces (and no, he wasn't Stephen Hawking).
  25. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Good god already. Remember when football players had a an off season job? By the way, how often does College QB talent transition to a successful pro career do you suppose?...guaranteed money...PBFFFTT!

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