Internet Explorer has lowerd my IQ

Now that the results are in, I can finally comment on this Telegragh article, “Internet Explorer users have below-average IQ“, which says:

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.

I’m not suggesting anything from this article is actually true. I can’t really subscribe to the notion that people that are inclined to resist change reside on the lower side of the IQ scale.

However, I can see myself subscribing to the notion that people that are inclined to resist change when it comes to using Microsoft browsers, reside on the lower side of the IQ scale. However, this is highly judgemental and technologically presumptious.

I prefer to call these people masochists. There has to be some kind of super-unhealthy taste for suffering as you grapple with a catalog of bugs and viruses that have upward mobility. Earlier this year, Microsoft even announced that all versions of Internet Explorer were at risk of being hacked due to a flaw in the program. So is this article correct in it’s assumptions?

Well, Internet Explorer 6 was released on Aug. 27, 2001 which is approximately 9 years ago. I can’t really think of things that I use on a normal basis that I have had for over 9 years. After being labeled the least secure software on the planet, it’s hard to believe that this franchise is still so popular after it’s numerous failures in the upgrade department. With all the testing that i have to do, I find myself having to use 4 instances of Internet Explorer spread out across 3 different Operating Systems.

If you factor in regression testing, then I guess this makes this the most popular browser I use as well.

I’m sure you can draw your own conclusions from here.

For the more visual among us, here is a cool chart:
Cool Chart for the more visual among us

Disclaimer: This is not a IE6 rant but a rant about Internet Explorer in general. We all know IE6 should die. Even Microsoft knows IE6 should die. This point is moot.

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