AptiQuant Survey Relates IQ with Browser Use

August 1, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

What’s IQ got to do with internet browsing? Apparently everything, according to AptiQuant.

AptiQuant is a Vancouver based web consulting company and they had conducted a survey among a 100,000 participants for their IQ test. A free online Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (IV) test was offered online for four weeks. The data they obtained was then co-related with the choice of the browser of the participant.

The data obtained showed Internet Explorer users had scored fewer points than average and Firefox, Safari and Chrome browser users scored slightly more than the average. But that’s not all.

Users who use even lesser known browsers such as Camino, IE with Chrome Frame, and Opera had even higher IQ levels. And in a total count, Users of Opera had the highest IQs, above 120.

Some would argue that tech and computer savvy users, with a considerably higher level of IQ, are more inclined to use other browsers. But the undertaken study doesn’t bear any relation to the above argument.

CNN’s Doug Gross was heard saying that the numbers obtained from the study were probably not accurate scientifically. He put forward the fact that the data comprised was of people who were willing to take the test.

According to him, the survey could also be showing that the people using Windows Explorer (which is the default browser) might be more resistive to change.  Meanwhile, AptiQuant CEO, Leonard Howard, was heard saying that:

“I just want to make it clear that the report released by my company did not suggest that if you use IE that means you have a low IQ, but what it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer.”

Internet Explorer, with about a 43 percent share, was found to be the most popular browser globally by StatCounter’s survey. According to a May report, Firefox follows with nearly 30 percent while Google’s Chrome has 19 percent.

You guys continue with using the browser of your choice and don’t take this survey to heart. By the way, which browser are you using?

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