Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'


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98 Guy

Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/8674678/Internet-Explorer-users-have-below-average-IQ.html

Users of the most popular web browser, Internet Explorer, tend to have
lower-than-average IQ, according to a survey of online habits.

PC World reports that a "psychometric consulting" firm called AptiQuant
gave free online IQ tests to 100,000 people, and then plotted the scores
against the browser on which the tests were taken.

It found that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average, while
Chrome, Firefox and Safari users were very slightly above average.
Camino, Opera and Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame were scored
"exceptionally" high.

"The study showed a substantial relationship between an individual's
cognitive ability and their choice of web browser," AptiQuant concluded.
"From the test results, it is a clear indication that individuals on the
lower side of the IQ scale tend to resist a change/upgrade of their
browsers."

Some people have suggested that there may be other factors at work.
Business Insider's Matt Rosoff points out that since IE is the default
browser for Windows PC users, anyone who doesn't know how to download
and install a new browser will be stuck with it - "which drags down the
average". And users of other browsers "include a disproportionate number
of computer geeks", which might bring their average up. Or, he admits,
it might be that "IE users really are kind of dumb."

Within the group of IE users, version 6 users score lowest, while users
of version 8 do rather better.
 
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9

98 Guy

This version contains the full story.

Executive summary:

"But if you ever want to argue that Internet Explorer 6 users are
too stupid to upgrade, at least now you've got some empirical
evidence."

I think they would get the same result about the relationship between a
low IQ and using google to post to usenet.

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Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/8674678/Internet-Explorer-users-have-below-average-IQ.html

Users of the most popular web browser, Internet Explorer, tend to have
lower-than-average IQ, according to a survey of online habits.

PC World reports that a "psychometric consulting" firm called AptiQuant
gave free online IQ tests to 100,000 people, and then plotted the scores
against the browser on which the tests were taken.

It found that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average, while
Chrome, Firefox and Safari users were very slightly above average.
Camino, Opera and Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame were scored
"exceptionally" high.

"The study showed a substantial relationship between an individual's
cognitive ability and their choice of web browser," AptiQuant concluded.
"From the test results, it is a clear indication that individuals on the
lower side of the IQ scale tend to resist a change/upgrade of their
browsers."

Some people have suggested that there may be other factors at work.
Business Insider's Matt Rosoff points out that since IE is the default
browser for Windows PC users, anyone who doesn't know how to download
and install a new browser will be stuck with it - "which drags down the
average". And users of other browsers "include a disproportionate number
of computer geeks", which might bring their average up. Or, he admits,
it might be that "IE users really are kind of dumb."

Within the group of IE users, version 6 users score lowest, while users
of version 8 do rather better.

The overall chart shows that Firefox has the smallest percentage of
low-IQ users, and the largest of average or high-IQ users. A similar
study five years ago found that users had broadly similar IQs.

Jared Newman of PC World said the results should not be taken too
seriously. "They are, after all, comprised only of people who feel
compelled to take IQ tests," he said.

"But if you ever want to argue that Internet Explorer 6 users are too
stupid to upgrade, at least now you've got some empirical evidence."
 
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thanatoid

98 Guy said:
This version contains the full story.
<snip>

Interesting. I posted the same info in 24hr a few days ago,
since I found it quite amusing, but MY source says Opera users
are the smartest by far. That seems to be missing from your
version.

"Internet Explorer users scored lower on online IQ tests than
users of other browsers
Report says people on the old IE 6 browser scored lowest; Opera
users the highest."

Full:
http://us.cnn.com/2011/TECH/web/07/29/internet.explorer.dumb/ind
ex.html

Regards
t.
 
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webster72n

You people have a strange way to determine smartness/intelligence.
I have all the major browsers on my system and, in comparison, Internet
Explorer
beats every one of them, hands down.
That has nothing to do with intelligence or smartness, merely smoothness in
operation, combined with ease and effectiveness.
Mind you, MS and Bill Gates are not my friends.
OTOH, maybe I grew up with IE has something to do with it? <g>.


"thanatoid" wrote in message

98 Guy said:
This version contains the full story.
<snip>

Interesting. I posted the same info in 24hr a few days ago,
since I found it quite amusing, but MY source says Opera users
are the smartest by far. That seems to be missing from your
version.

"Internet Explorer users scored lower on online IQ tests than
users of other browsers
Report says people on the old IE 6 browser scored lowest; Opera
users the highest."

Full:
http://us.cnn.com/2011/TECH/web/07/29/internet.explorer.dumb/ind
ex.html

Regards
t.
 
B

BillW50

In
thanatoid said:
Interesting. I posted the same info in 24hr a few days ago,
since I found it quite amusing, but MY source says Opera users
are the smartest by far. That seems to be missing from your
version.
Which sounds strange, since Opera displays incorrectly more so than
other browsers.
 
9

98 Guy

webster72n used improper usenet message composition style by
top-poasting:
I have all the major browsers on my system and, in comparison,
Internet Explorer beats every one of them, hands down.
You didn't mention which version of IE you use.

To quote from the article:

"Within the group of IE users, version 6 users score lowest,
while users of version 8 do rather better."
 
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Franc Zabkar

In

Which sounds strange, since Opera displays incorrectly more so than
other browsers.
That's because those web sites use broken code created by other
Microsoft products. ;-)

- Franc Zabkar
 
B

BillW50

In
Franc said:
That's because those web sites use broken code created by other
Microsoft products. ;-)

- Franc Zabkar
Then why does Chrome and Firefox work with them too? One website that
annoyed me the most was titantv.com under Opera. And Opera has had lots
of problems with forms and drop down menus too.
 
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webster72n

"98 Guy" wrote in message
webster72n used improper usenet message composition style by
top-poasting:
I have all the major browsers on my system and, in comparison,
Internet Explorer beats every one of them, hands down.
You didn't mention which version of IE you use.

I always use the latest, which is IE 9, but I still use IE 6 on my
old machine with WinME and have no problems there.

To quote from the article:

"Within the group of IE users, version 6 users score lowest,
while users of version 8 do rather better."
 
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Esra Sdrawkcab

In

Then why does Chrome and Firefox work with them too? One website that
annoyed me the most was titantv.com under Opera. And Opera has had lots
of problems with forms and drop down menus too.
Seems to work here (load of **** on but that's the the way it is)
 
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BillW50

In
thanatoid said:
The story may be bogus, but that does not change the fact most
IE users are morons.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/health/newsid_7874000/7874798.s
tm

I wonder how many of the 200,000 that went for THIS one were IE
users.
Most Firefox users are dumber IMHO. Luckily I don't use either very
much. But most Firefox users somehow believe they are protected and they
leave themselves wide open. And if you check out the infection rate, FF
and IE is going neck and neck. And I can't believe Mozilla leaves DCOM
wide open (like ActiveX under IE). They should know better, but they
never had done nothing about it. If Microsoft acted so stupid, we would
never hear the end of it. ;-)
 
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thanatoid

Most Firefox users are dumber IMHO.
In a way. They're dumber because they don't realize FF is just
as unsafe unless you install a whole batch of add-ons. In the
early days of FFox's rise, after trying it and being TOTALLY
disgusted, I called it "IE for people who like to say they are
too smart to use IE" for a while.
Luckily I don't use
either very much. But most Firefox users somehow believe
they are protected and they leave themselves wide open. And
if you check out the infection rate, FF and IE is going
neck and neck. And I can't believe Mozilla leaves DCOM wide
open (like ActiveX under IE). They should know better, but
they never had done nothing about it. If Microsoft acted so
stupid, we would never hear the end of it. ;-)
Yeah, like with Linux, there's a strange silence surrounding ANY
problems in the FFox camps.

I have stuck by Opera since I discovered it, at ver. 5.x, and it
is just reassuring to always see data about it being the best-
maintained and safest browser. It has been this way consistently
since the beginning. While also the most innovative browser, it
always had Flash problems, but it's not the only browser that
did, and they have fixed it with 10. Also, it was always the
fastest, now 3 are about the same and one trails behind a bit.

I agree there is a much steeper learning curve with Opera, while
other browsers are "use out of the box", and it took SOME time
to find out how to set it up the way I wanted, but it was worth
it.

A major release always tends to have some VERY irritating new
features (whose value I sometimes see later, and after the
initial annoyance, I actually consider putting them back in),
but I know of no other fully functional browser which is as
customizable and which writes ONE line to the registry (on my
system, anyway) and which behaves exactly as you want it. I have
NOT tried Chrome, but I distrust Google more than MS at this
point.

OffByOne remains the fastest and safest, but it has a few
limitations (which I see as assets) which most people seem
unable to tolerate. But for me, the less "page design" and
pointless graphics I see, the better. And NOTHING beats no
script and no popups and no Flash by design.
:)
 
T

thanatoid

You know what's REALLY dumb? We scorn the age of medicine
where getting your bumps felt seemed like a really neat
idea, but now we're supposed to get our browsers felt?
Can you explain what you mean? Duh... (Where my IE?)
Cue Shirley Bassey and a nice dose of Propellerheads: It's
all just a little bit of history repeating!
That is a great song. Some genius manager got the good lyrics,
got Bassey (great as ever) and had a minor super-hit ready to
go. I am surprised you even remember the "band's" name!
 
N

N. Miller

OTOH, maybe I grew up with IE has something to do with it? <g>.
Perhaps. I recall a YUPPIE asking to look at my copy of コミクアフタヌーン. I handed
it to him properly oriented. He grasped the open pages and attempted to flip
the binding. Realizing he was grasping the comic the "wrong" way, he turned
it over, bring the binding under his left hand. Now he could flip the pages,
but realized (from the advertisements) that he was looking at the back
cover. So he flipped it again, top for bottom. Now the binding was
"properly" in his left hand, and the front cover facing up; but he realized
that the image was inverted. So he inverted the book again, bringing it back
to the original orientation, as I had handed it to him. Once again, he
unsuccessfully attempted to flip the pages from the bound side. Shaking his
head, he handed the comic back to me, saying as he did, "I will never
understand this". I am fairly certain he was referring to the fact that it
was bound the "wrong" way, not that it was printed in Japanese.

Also, some of the earliest attempts at translation of Japanese comics
preserved the Japanese orientation, and met resistance to sales from
Yankees, who were positive that there was only one way to publish a book,
and those were bound "backwards".

So, yes, familiarity will have a lot to do with it; more than technical
superiority.
 
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thanatoid

So, yes, familiarity will have a lot to do with it; more
than technical superiority.
Like most people who didn't get into computers until about 1990,
I started with IE3 as well. It ALWAYS sucked. I suffered with it
for a few years, and then discovered Opera. It had tabs at
version 5 from , IIRC.

BTW, I find it astonishing that no one has managed to write a
really good browser for Windows. There IS good software for
Windows (NOT written by MS), so it SHOULD be possible.

Never mind a decent OS. The current Apple OSs and Linux being
based on Unix are almost hard to believe. But I guess that's how
technically advanced we really are.
 
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webster72n

"thanatoid" wrote in message

Most Firefox users are dumber IMHO.
In a way. They're dumber because they don't realize FF is just
as unsafe unless you install a whole batch of add-ons. In the
early days of FFox's rise, after trying it and being TOTALLY
disgusted, I called it "IE for people who like to say they are
too smart to use IE" for a while.
Luckily I don't use
either very much. But most Firefox users somehow believe
they are protected and they leave themselves wide open. And
if you check out the infection rate, FF and IE is going
neck and neck. And I can't believe Mozilla leaves DCOM wide
open (like ActiveX under IE). They should know better, but
they never had done nothing about it. If Microsoft acted so
stupid, we would never hear the end of it. ;-)
Yeah, like with Linux, there's a strange silence surrounding ANY
problems in the FFox camps.

I have stuck by Opera since I discovered it, at ver. 5.x, and it
is just reassuring to always see data about it being the best-
maintained and safest browser. It has been this way consistently
since the beginning. While also the most innovative browser, it
always had Flash problems, but it's not the only browser that
did, and they have fixed it with 10. Also, it was always the
fastest, now 3 are about the same and one trails behind a bit.

I agree there is a much steeper learning curve with Opera, while
other browsers are "use out of the box", and it took SOME time
to find out how to set it up the way I wanted, but it was worth
it.

A major release always tends to have some VERY irritating new
features (whose value I sometimes see later, and after the
initial annoyance, I actually consider putting them back in),
but I know of no other fully functional browser which is as
customizable and which writes ONE line to the registry (on my
system, anyway) and which behaves exactly as you want it. I have
NOT tried Chrome, but I distrust Google more than MS at this
point.

You seem to be sold on 'Opera', that's fine.
When I compare the latest version with IE 9, the latter
comes out on top, no matter what.
To compare a browser with intelligence is silly, to say the least.
It has to do with personal preference, nothing else.

OffByOne remains the fastest and safest, but it has a few
limitations (which I see as assets) which most people seem
unable to tolerate. But for me, the less "page design" and
pointless graphics I see, the better. And NOTHING beats no
script and no popups and no Flash by design.
:)
 
9

98 Guy

webster72n wrote:

What webster wrote can't really be figured out because of the posting
style he uses.

He does not appear to use quoting characters (such as ">") to indicate
the material he's quoting. Because he doesn't do that, I can't figure
out where hemorroid's post ends and his begins.
 
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webster72n

"98 Guy" wrote in message
webster72n wrote:

What webster wrote can't really be figured out because of the posting
style he uses.

He does not appear to use quoting characters (such as ">") to indicate
the material he's quoting. Because he doesn't do that, I can't figure
out where hemorroid's post ends and his begins.

Utterly quarrelsome!
I use what I've got, not what I choose.
Most people can figure it out.
If your hemorrhoids are that much of a problem,
you should have them removed.
 
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98 Guy

Utterly quarrelsome!
I'm giving you constructive criticism.
I use what I've got, not what I choose.
X-Newsreader: Microsoft Windows Live Mail

What the hell kind of piece of garbage is that?
I use what I've got, not what I choose.
You can use any number of free software programs designed to read and
post to usenet.

It's your choice. You're not forced to use "Microsoft Windows Live
Mail".
Most people can figure it out.
Fewer people are willing to have a cogent and understandible
conversation when they have to substantially re-format your posts.
If your hemorrhoids are that much of a problem,
you should have them removed.
Your lame attempt at sarcastic humor has been noted.
 

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