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Old August 1st 11, 03:49 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
98 Guy
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Default Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolog...verage-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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Old August 1st 11, 03:53 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
98 Guy
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Default Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

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/technolog...verage-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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Old August 1st 11, 06:04 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
thanatoid
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Default Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

98 Guy wrote in :

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/07/2...lorer.dumb/ind
ex.html

Regards
t.
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Old August 1st 11, 06:33 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
webster72n
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Default Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

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 wrote in :

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/07/2...lorer.dumb/ind
ex.html

Regards
t.
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Old August 1st 11, 09:40 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
BillW50
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Default Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

In ,
thanatoid wrote:
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.

--
Bill
Gateway M465e ('06 era) - OE-QuoteFix v1.19.2
Centrino Core Duo 1.83G - 2GB - Windows XP SP3


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Old August 1st 11, 10:15 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
98 Guy
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Default Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

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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Old August 1st 11, 11:22 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
Franc Zabkar
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Default Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

On Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:40:52 -0500, "BillW50" put
finger to keyboard and composed:

In ,
thanatoid wrote:
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.


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

- Franc Zabkar
--
Please remove one 'i' from my address when replying by email.
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Old August 1st 11, 11:48 PM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
BillW50
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Default Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

In ,
Franc Zabkar wrote:
On Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:40:52 -0500, "BillW50" put
finger to keyboard and composed:

In ,
thanatoid wrote:
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.


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.

--
Bill
Gateway M465e ('06 era) - OE-QuoteFix v1.19.2
Centrino Core Duo 1.83G - 2GB - Windows XP SP3


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Old August 2nd 11, 01:14 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
Mart
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Default Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

It's a good thing that somebody looks after us thickies - although, to be
fair I am using IE8 on XP, so I suppose then that jacks-up a couple of IQ
points. I don't think I could cope with any of the other browsers.

As the man from Honda says - IE, ... well ... just works!

With the very basic Google screen (no ads, or other extraneous crxp clogging
my screen and slowing it down) set as my home page - especially without all
those self-inflicted toolbars that everything wants to install onto - and
take over - my pc, I don't seem to have any problems browsing for and
finding anything I want - quickly and without spam/malware. Perhaps I browse
the wrong sites. Too thick to browse the 'right' sites?

BTW - How does the IQ of a regular Win98 user compare with that of say, an
XP or Win7 user?

I know this is a Top Poast (sic) - see your sarcastic response to Harry. So
sue me!

Mart



"98 Guy" wrote in message ...
Internet Explorer users 'have below-average IQ'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolog...verage-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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Old August 2nd 11, 03:17 AM posted to microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion,microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.browser,alt.windows98
webster72n
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"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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