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Look at this.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14370878
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Internet Explorer users have a lower than average IQ, according to research by Consulting firm AptiQuant.

The study gave web surfers an IQ test, then plotted their scores against the browser they used.

IE surfers were found to have an average IQ lower than people using Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Users of Camino and Opera rated highest.

The report has sparked anger from IE supporters, who have threatened AptiQuant with legal action.

Researchers gave over 100,000 web surfers a free online IQ test. Scores were stored in a database along with each person's web browser data.

The results suggested that Internet Explorer surfers had an average IQ in the low eighties. Chrome, Firefox and Safari rated over 100, while minority browsers Opera and Camino had an "exceptionally higher" score of over 120.

AptiQuant stressed that using IE doesn't mean you have low intelligence. "What it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer," said AptiQuant CEO Leonard Howard.

The findings have been treated with scepticism by Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University's Statistical Laboratory: "They've got IE6 users with an IQ of around eighty. That's borderline deficient, marginally able to cope with the adult world.

"I believe these figures are implausibly low - and an insult to IE users."

However, Mr Howard said he didn't feel threatened by a lawsuit: "A win in a court would only give a stamp of approval and more credibility to our report."

Amazing. I wonder if the results are even statistically significant.
Edited by XX55XX - 8/2/11 at 11:36am
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100,000 people doesnt acount for the millions upon millions of people that use computers. I use IE, just for the shear fact that i dont really like teh look and feel and other browsers, plus the newest IE is comparable to firefox and the like in speed, (In my opinion).
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I love this. I have been a strong anti-IE advocate for many years. This isn't to say you are dumb if you use IE. But there must be some validity to the research. What I think it suggests is that the lower IQ people are too lazy to delve into a different web browsing option, they simply stick with what Windows came with. On the other hand, there are probably many brilliant people who use IE, just not more (on average) than the other browsers in this study.

Oh, and the reason I am against IE is simply the vulnerability it faced for so many years, compared to third-party web browsers.
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100,000 people doesnt acount for the millions upon millions of people that use computers. I use IE, just for the shear fact that i dont really like teh look and feel and other browsers, plus the newest IE is comparable to firefox and the like in speed, (In my opinion).

cant spell the. +1 IE low IQ tongue.gif
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Please do not post this article again. It's not news and entirely trollbait/flamebait.
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