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Are Internet Explorer users REALLY that dumb?

by Emma Dunn

Many a computer nerd has claimed it for years, but finally there is some empirical evidence to prove it: a study from Vancouver firm Aptiquant has suggested that those who browse the internet using Internet Explorer have significantly lower IQs than the rest of us.

The study tested 101,326 voluntary participants from a small selection of English speaking countries including the US, Canada and the UK.

The results are embarrassing for Internet Explorer users, as those who use IE 6 could only muster an average IQ of 82. Users of newer versions fared only slightly better with an average IQ of up to 95, still lower than average.

However, if you want to be really brainy, you should start using the relatively obscure Opera browser, whose users scored an impressive average IQ score of 127. However, Camino users and those who used Internet Explorer with a Chrome Frame came a close second, scoring an average IQ of 125 and 122 respectively.

Safari, Chrome and Firefox users can also hold their heads high, as they scored an IQ of around 108-113, still higher than the general average and far better than IE 6 users.

The study also suggested that the lower the IQ, the less likely the user is to upgrade their software, with IE 6 users scoring on average 10 IQ points lower than those using IE 8 or 9.

While it might be a bit of a laugh and gives us much welcome ammunition to make fun of Internet Explorer users, the study also brings to our attention the real issue of those who are reluctant to upgrade. IE 6 users are the thorn in the side of many website developers, who have to spend hundreds of extra hours trying to make perfectly functional websites compatible with the severely outdated browser.

IE 6 is 10 years old, and yet it is still used by around 10% of the world’s population. Microsoft has been trying to get people to switch, with a nifty website that launched in March and the goal to get usage down to under 1% worldwide.

Fingers crossed the results from this study will persuade more people to make the switch. After all, nobody wants to be known as the dumb guy, do they?

You can read the full study here.

What do you think of these results? Are they fair? Which browser do you use? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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