It’s a Hoax: IE Users Have a Lower IQ!

UPDATE: this survey was a hoax
Four days after publishing this article, the AptiQuant survey was reported to be an elaborate hoax. The company and site appeared on the web within the past few weeks and seems to have taken staff photos from a legitimate research company.

The survey data and announcement had been followed-up by another post stating AptiQuant had been threatened with a lawsuit by loyal IE users. They had me fooled. Shame — it’s a great idea and a plausible story. Perhaps someone will conduct a real survey now?…


This will please many web developers. A recent survey by AptiQuant, a psychometric consulting company based in Canada, has concluded that Internet Explorer users have a lower Intelligence Quotient than users of other browsers. Those with IE6 scored little over 80. Firefox, Chrome and Safari users fared better at 110. The most intelligent people — with an average IQ of 125 — use Opera (that’ll please their marketing department!)

The 2011 assessment sampled 101,326 individuals over the age of 16 from the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. The company offered a free IQ test which most participants found via organic search results or PPC advertising campaigns. Subjects were not aware their browser preference was being monitored.

browser IQ chart

The researchers observed:

  • IE users had a significantly lower IQ.
  • There was little difference in the IQ for Firefox, Chrome and Safari users.
  • Individuals using Opera, Camino, and IE with Chrome Frame had the highest average IQ.

Comparing the results to a 2006 survey, the report suggests that people with higher IQs have moved away from Internet Explorer during the past five years. Those at the lower end of the IQ scale tend to resist change and browser upgrades (and possibly upgrading any software).

The results are not surprising. Those with lower levels of IT literacy do not know what a browser is and will simply use whatever application is installed on their PC. In most cases, that will be Internet Explorer.

Similarly, power users and developers will investigate different options and actively keep their software up-to-date. It’s logical that Opera — a lesser-known browser with a steeper learning curve — attracts users with a higher IQ.

It will be interesting to see whether this simple survey has a greater effect than all the “abolish IE6″ marketing campaigns. Let’s hope so.

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Obviously, you’ll want to view those links in Opera!

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  • http://twitter.com/MuzzleFork Lucas Eagleton

    I love it. What an awesome study.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heinzguenter.weber Heinz-Guenter Weber

    Show me your Browser and I’ll tell you who you are

  • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

    I wish I could brag that I’m an Opera user.

    It’s a shame, since I tried to be friend with Opera, more than once. It just didn’t work out.

    It seems now that my IQ was the one standing in the way. She wanted a bigger one :)

    • http://twitter.com/cyberstream_us CyberStream.us

      I didn’t even have to try to make friends with Opera – Opera made friends with me! ;) I had been using IE and then I used Firefox, but during development I began to test in all major browsers. I found myself using Opera more and more. However, I still used Firefox for the Firebug addon. At the time, Opera Dragonfly just didn’t cut it. But when Dragonfly 1.0 was released, I dropped Firebug for good. Opera is now my main web browser, email client, feed reader and development testing platform.

      I’ll agree that many of Opera’s features aren’t easily accessible to the average user. It took a little exploring for me to figure out Opera Link, Mail, mouse gestures, and even to some extent – the addons. But now those features are the very things that pulled me away from the other browsers. In other words, if you aren’t introduced to Opera’s advanced features, then you probably won’t be impressed enough to make it your default browser.

      • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

        Obviously yours is bigger ;)

        • http://twitter.com/cyberstream_us CyberStream.us

          I’m not sure if I understand your question. Does this page have anything to do with your question?

  • http://twitter.com/wendycockcroft Wendy Cockcroft

    ROFL! Yet another reason to switch to Cometbird – a better browser (it’s a fork of Mozilla Firefox and is compatible with their plugins). You’ll be able to place yourselves among those with a higher IQ!

    Opera’s not brilliant. It was okay till version 9, then took a giant step backwards. Gecko browsers rule, IMHO.

    • http://society50.com wmac

      Sure, in order to be counted as a high IQ I’ll switch tomorrow morning.

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        The research is IQ test -> possibility to use the browser x, not “use browser x” -> have more IQ…

  • Chris Upjohn

    I guess at some point this was bound to happen but like i always tell people who use IE, get a real browser like Chrome or Firefox that actually knows how to follow the web standards. I do however find it surprising that Opera is out on top just because it has such a low user base.

    I would have expected Google to be number #1 because of the growth and impact its had on the development community in the last couple of years, what really surprises me though is users with the Chrome Frame beat both Firefox and Chrome.

    Kind of makes you wonder if they put some kind of mind control code in it!

    • http://society50.com wmac

      You seem to take it too serious. A real browser like chrome or firefox? Can you tell us what’s wrong about IE9?

      If I use the bloated buggy firefox (which uses 1.5G RAM for 5 tabs on my PC), then I am using a real! browser?

      • http://www.chrisupjohn.me Chris Upjohn

        I make a web development joke and you assume i was taking the topic seriously, if there is one thing i have learned in life its that you never assume to assume. I recommend next time before you lunge at me you learn some of the web development jokes so you don’t attack people for no reason.

        @Craig: Sorry for this post but it seems people assume things before they know the facts.

        • Michael Muryn

          While there was some humor in your original post, the first bit might have been serious. Then, when I want to do a joke, I also try to look serious, as you try to get the people. However there, there is a lot of people (even non-geek) who suggest other to use FF or Chrome. So really, stop to evade and answer his questions! ;-)

          Also I once said: “In all joke there is a bit of truth.” (and don’t assume wrongly which part of the joke is truth, e.g. a racism joke, the truth is maybe that racism is ridiculous, and I am not even a fuckin’ nigga)

          Weird thing, on this laptop computer with Win7 and only 3GB of ram, Chrome run slow (with lot of windows/tabs open) but Safari (that I needed to test something on today), run hella fast (with not much windows thought, but still, it should be separate process in Chrome, no?) and it also crash often.

          Also IE6 was pretty much the best thing back then. I am pretty sure newest IE will sooner or later catch an acceptable level. However I doubt Microsoft make it multiplatform (as in Linux and Mac support), but who know.

          However, all this said. I strongly agree with what you said about people who assume stuff. However, I also understand that sometime we have to assume to go faster, else we will question every move. But smart people will usually know when to rely on their experience or when to question themselves. Here is an interesting quote on the topic: “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russell

  • Claire

    Note that this is a correlation study, not a causative study.
    As the writer mentioned, it is probable that those with lower IQs didn’t choose IE; they just used whatever came with the computer. If that had been Opera, they’d be using Opera.
    What’s mildly interesting is that Safari is in the same situation — it comes with the computer. Yet the average IQ of the users is higher. Shall we reignite the Mac/PC wars?
    Among browsers that are chosen, suggested causation is somewhat more plausible, yet the causation may not be [high IQ] therefore [browser chosen]. It could also be [browser is user-unfriendly] therefore [only high IQ persons stick with it].

    • Otilia Costache

      I have installed multiple browsers on my computers (at home and at work), but my browser of choice is still IE. Does that make me retarded, huh?

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        No because the results of the research came from different people, you may use IE and have 200 IQ poins but if most users had 40 then it would be 200 + 40 + 40 + 41 + 42 / 5 = result of IE.

        Wow, I see a lot of stupid comments here, you all have low IQs in reality! :P

      • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

        Just because you install multiple browsers, it doesn’t mean you’re actually using multiple browsers.

        I wish I could say IE deserve the attention you’re giving it, but no. If you are a little more advanced user or if you have a little web developer living inside you, there are things you cannot see or do in IE, which does pretty much makes it void as first option.

        And no, absolutely not, it’s not a sign you’re retarded. Using IE by choice only means you are yet to try things, it doesn’t mean an Opera user is actually smarter than you, by any stretch.

        If anything, the simple, clear and intuitive Chrome interface would be more appropriate for people having trouble with their IQ :)

        • Tristan Isfeld

          haha somebody doesn’t like google

          • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

            No, you got it all wrong, I’m afraid :)

            For me it’s not about dislike. It’s not even about liking less.

            It’s about what I like more. Every one of them has its charm. And every one of them has likeable parts over the others.

            I love Google Translate. Free. I can easily improve my dictionary. Also, my wife got a mobile starting in Hungarian. She quickly used Google Translate and find out the word for language: “nyelv”. She used this knowledge to change the language to English and get her way around.

            I love Google Chrome. Free. It’s quite helpful doing the best translation it can for my 69 yrs old father, while searching the net for info on TV Series he and my mother love, recipes, drug prescriptions and much much more.

            I love Google SketchUp. Free. I can quickly calculate volume for when I’m buying concrete for my projects around the house. I can quickly calculate areas when buying decorative plastering for the outside walls models and patterns.

            I love Google Maps. Free. And I could go on forever.

            The same for Firefox, Opera, Safari. Free. What’s not to love about it?! Sure thing there is nothing to hate here. Only to complain a little :)

        • Michael Muryn

          Less smart people (and honestly, also lot of smart people I know to be fair) have a problem to reach simplicity (doh), plus they like to introduce exception everywhere after you show them a simple solution! ;-) Or actually, in software development, that is the problem of being “too much intelligent” as I like to call it and I try to avoid that. That is what lead to a very complicated law book!

          BTW being simplistic is not being simple, lot of people mix up the two and argue they are more simple, when in fact they are too simple!

          Back to browser war…

          But Google is removing http:// … :P

          It makes a while I have not fired up my Opera, it used to be a faster choice, so maybe smart people tend to find efficient solution… or they just like to be marginal. I wonder if Opera is any good for web development compared to FF & Chrome (I mean the tools or plugins provided with, if any).

          • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

            While, for a programmer, to be able to produce a simple and intuitive UI, it will take a whole lot of effort and a complex system to maintain, it’s true the user will be none the wiser about that struggle.

            That’s why I too appreciate Chrome’s simple interface, for what it’s worth.

            Meanwhile, Opera may be doing some things right, it appears, but if it doesn’t show up in UX too, I’m afraid it will never be able to enjoy the fruits of that hard work.

            It’s a shame, but it’s a lesson too. For those willing to hear. Otherwise, to each its own :)

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

      No, it’s not casuality, they did IQ tests with people, and AFTER THAT asked which browser they use… It has nothing to do with what browser comes pre-installed…

      • http://www.facebook.com/aegith W.k. Trail

        Erm. Sounds like you use IE, Rafael.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L5AVXSH7OFHI5YSAJYCO2GGCDU Savannah Hogan

          I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CoolCent. com

        • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

          Erm, I don’t get it, why did you enter the discussion with no argument or anything new and say I use IE?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KB7CF24HU6GYOA66GTOUFSRYY RafaelA

            Because you make all the other Rafaels look bad.

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

            Nha? I’m just fixing the absence of logic in these comments…

          • http://www.facebook.com/zasada Brad Zasada

            haha… he doesn’t get it. figures for an ie user!

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

            Right, congrats for the joke, go read the full report, or no…
            OK.

      • Bren Faulknor-Murrell

        Ermmmm…. it was an ONLINE IQ test and they didn’t ASK them which browser they used – they just assumed that the browser they were using was their default (covered in page 3 of the results under the big bold title “Methods”). So really in a lot of cases (lower end of the IQ spectrum according to the results) it has EVERYTHING to do with which browser comes pre-installed.

        But thanks for coming anyway.

    • Jooha

      There’s no room for MAC/PC wars, because Safari is unchangeable – therefore its score should represent the average IQ score of apple users, while the average of all of the rest (IE, Chrome, FF, Opera…) is the number to compare to the score of the Safari – probably will be very similar.

      • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

        If you’re using a Mac or Linux, it’s more probable that you’ve chosen or requested that PC/OS. Therefore, that person is likely to be computer literate and have a higher IQ.

        Alternatively, perhaps Apple users have more money than sense?

    • Anonymous

      First, Safari isn’t just available for the Mac, it’s also available for PCs, so it is there as an option for PC users to switch to. And equally, I think it’s pretty much a certainty that the average IQ of a Mac user is higher than the average IQ of a Windows user (he says, as a Windows user), because dumb people tend not to buy Macs (although the iPhone may be diluting that to some extent).

  • http://twitter.com/gtrakGT Gary Trakhman

    You forgot to test people who use emacs for browsing.

    • http://winterpatriot.com NJT

      those people are too smart to bother wasting time with IQ tests!

    • http://winterpatriot.com NJT

      those people are too smart to bother wasting time with IQ tests!

  • http://society50.com wmac

    Yes, such religious wars about browsers, operating systems and brands are the signs of very wise people!!!!

  • Anonymous

    He guys and guyettes,
    Right now I’m visiting with FF. Normally I use Opera (honest), but I just finished an online banking session because Opera bullies my bank’s JavaScript code(rs). To be fair, they do tell you to use only FF or IE in their FAQ.

    Do I get IQ points deducted, or not ?
    Uhm, and oh yeah, I’m from The Netherlands. Not from the US, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand.

    Off-topic rant: For Pete’s sake. IE6 ? Anyone still using that is lost forever (maybe better lost in space). The 80 IQ points are most certainly flattered. More like 8 or so.

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

      It’s obvious you shouldn’t take the research in consideration, the situation you described is an EXEPTION. For this comment, yeah, you lost IQ.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    “Maybe I just want a blank tab to start with.” HI? Set you homepage to about:blank and set Opera to start with homepage! You can also set opera:config#UserPrefs|SpeedDialState to 3 to disable Speed Dial completely…

    • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

      Right. Let me see if I can squeeze a counter example out my smaller IQ :)

      Doing that, setting my homepage to about:blank, it doesn’t mean Opera will play nice.

      Set that, and then right click an html file on your computer and then “Open with… Opera”.

      What happens is that Opera opens that particular html file AFTER it opens an about:blank tab. You are left with two tabs, not one, as you’d expect.

      Cheers.

      • http://twitter.com/cyberstream_us CyberStream.us

        Yes, that’s one thing that I would like to see fixed, but it isn’t a major enough annoyance that I would stop using Opera. For me, Opera’s advantages outweigh its disadvantages.

        • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

          Like I said:

          “If you have found other features that make up for the downs, it’s perfectly fine by me :)”

  • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

    IE8 users are slightly more intelligent than IE6 users but the difference is fairly negligible.

    Yes, many companies and government organisations use IE6. I suspect some of the Chrome Frame IQ tests were from people who are forced to use older versions of IE. However, the test must have taken some time — you’d expect/hope few people were using it at work.

    • Karen Ellrick

      What I thought interesting is that although IQ and version of IE generally go in the same direction (brighter users are more likely to upgrade), IE8 users scored higher than IE9. I wonder why that is? I don’t have a new computer, so I don’t know, but might it be that Windows 7 comes with IE8 preinstalled rather than 9? If that’s so, that might explain it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1283226571 Samuel Kimathi Muriithi

        maybe its bcoz IE9 cant be used by win XP users and most pple havent moved to win 7 yet or dont want to.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L5AVXSH7OFHI5YSAJYCO2GGCDU Savannah Hogan

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CoolCent. com

  • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

    Yeah right … and I suppose the smartest way to view printed documents is to analyze postscript files?!!

    • David Golding

      Love it!!

  • http://twitter.com/cyberstream_us CyberStream.us

    Yes, that is something I would like to see fixed. With every Opera release, they fix thousands of rendering bugs. I’m hopeful that Opera 12 will fix more major bugs like this one.

    I’m just fine with Opera’s startup options. As Rafael said, you can set the startup to something other than SD or Last Session. In fact, you can have the dialog box pop-up whenever you start Opera that lets you select how you want Opera to startup. I just have mine set to open up with the last session. I love that.

    The thing that kept me from using Opera Dragonfly when I first installed Opera was the fact that it ran from an online script. It could not be used offline. With Dragonfly 1.0, it was downloaded and run locally making it so I can now develop offline. True, it is not easy to install it offline, but the fact that it didn’t run offline was what bothered me most and now that’s fixed.

    Another thing I love about Opera is how easy it is to install extensions. You find the extension that solves your problem, hit “install”, refresh the page, and it’s running! With Firefox, you install that addon, and your browser restarts (which can take a while if you have lots of tabs open and a slow computer). Then when Firefox releases a new version (which is happening often now), half of your addons are incompatible. That didn’t impress me.

  • Tristan Isfeld

    haha, i’m finding it really difficult to concentrate while studying now. I just keep thinking about inappropriate times to ask people which browser they use.. For example, from now on, i’m asking that during dates.. Or asking political candidates during debates, or choosing doctors based on which browser they use haha

  • http://loadingicon.com loadingicon.com

    So either all the dumb people left opera or all of the clever people joined it. Would be interesting if they said how many people used which browser. For all we know only 5 people could have used IE with Chrome Frame.

    • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

      I agree – it would have been useful if they published the usage numbers. It would give us a degree of confidence and another browser market share metric.

  • http://loadingicon.com loadingicon.com

    So either all the dumb people left opera or all of the clever people joined it. Would be interesting if they said how many people used which browser. For all we know only 5 people could have used IE with Chrome Frame.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KB7CF24HU6GYOA66GTOUFSRYY RafaelA

    I guess it means that IE is the easiest to use browser. Whereas you have to be a fucking genius to use opera.

    • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

      That’s the trouble with statistics — you can read what you like into the numbers.

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

      I see no difference between IE and Opera interface… All them have back, forward, reload ans stop button, address field… Opera even has a search field more… Why do you need to be smarter to use it as you may use IE or other browser for simply browsing the Web like it’s supposed IE users do?

  • Ricki Barnes

    The commentary at the end of the report is interesting – while I think what they’ve said is completely true, it doesn’t exactly smack of rigorous scientific detachment to be talking about how to “eradicate this nuisance”.

    • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

      While I don’t dispute their figures, AptiQuant is a commercial business with their own agenda. The results have raised their profile and they make suggestions for further (funded) surveys.

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        Does someone needs to tell us IE is the browser for (most users, not for all) the dumb?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Agnt-Duke/100001489410801 Agnt Duke

        Well, you can dispute their figures, because both they and their figures are a bogus hoax.

  • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

    SitePoint is using the Disqus comment widget now. You can’t log in with your SP forum ID but can use Google, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, or OpenID. Unfortunately, it also requires third-party cookies to be enabled.

  • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

    Certainly not. Nobody’s asking you to :)

    You just need to recognize an issue regardless.

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

      Sorry, I verified everything I wrote in my post and it’s not present on other browsers’ “new versions”. Even if so, it’d be one thing or two, still very far from Opera.
      I’m open minded, it’s not fanboyism, Opera is just the “less worse” browser and I don’t like to use products from companies that aren’t ethic on the market also…

      • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

        You don’t have to be sorry, you just have to be objective.

        That said, if Opera is so much on your liking, don’t let anybody else tell you otherwise. Especially not me :)

        Cheers

        • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

          Hmm, right, unless other browser can have the same or better usability, I’m open to test.

          Cheers. :)

          • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

            You mean *if* other browsers have equal or better usability, right?

            Opera’s usability is easy to spot: adoption rate and usage percentage.

            We can spend the next several weeks with back and forth arguments, unless it’s a hit, it’s not!

            Cheers

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

            What do you mean? Opera usability (user experience) is low???
            But read my text and you’ll se Opera has the best controls for who want control the way of browsing without having to perform extra commands…
            I don’t get it…

        • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

          Hmm, right, unless other browser can have the same or better usability, I’m open to test.

          Cheers. :)

  • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

    “IE9 Affirmed Safest Browser Amongst Top 5 Browsers on Internet”

    http://techinfoblog.net/ie9-affirmed-safest-browser-amongst-top-5-browsers-on-internet/

    I strongly believe also that getting scammed online can happen with any browser. It’s a battle extending over OSs, antivirus applications, firewals etcetera. It’s not fair to put it all on a browser.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KB7CF24HU6GYOA66GTOUFSRYY RafaelA

      I think it’s mostly the user. I never used an antivirus back when I used windows, my brother doesn’t use it either and we never had any problem with virus. On the other hand, I know people who have to reinstall their windows almost monthly who run updated antivirus and whatnot.

      If you have no clue about how computers work, how a program have vulnerabilities and how a program can do whatever you can if you run it with your user. Then it’s very likely that you get exploited sooner or later. It’s just like in life, if you don’t know where you’re walking, how people behave, etc. You’ll get screwed sooner or later. With computers it’s even easier to avoid being screwed over.

      • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

        I’m not sure, but it seems you’re contradicting your self. Also, because you didn’t detect virus activity by just looking at your computer, that doesn’t mean you and your brother’s machines weren’t infected!

        Anyway, even with my smaller IQ :), the experience I had so far is that you cannot go about without using a *good* antivirus program. Unless you’re delusional!

  • http://www.facebook.com/zasada Brad Zasada

    this proves that the IE disease causes memory loss, whereas all other browsers have a mitigating effect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zasada Brad Zasada

    this proves that the IE disease causes memory loss, whereas all other browsers have a mitigating effect.

  • Michael Muryn

    Stats were maybe better for IE in 2006, because Opera used to send a IE header instead of their own. :P

  • Michael Muryn

    If Opera want to stay number 1, it need to add a IQ test before installing.

  • Michael Muryn

    If *everyone* were using IE6, it would be more simple! ;-)

  • http://www.sitepoint.com/author/john-tabita/ John Tabita

    There was also a recent study showing that Mac users scored an average of six IQ points higher than Windows users. I wonder if iPad users are even more intelligent. What if I use Chrome on a Mac and I’m also an iPad user? Does that make me a genius?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Agnt-Duke/100001489410801 Agnt Duke

      No, it just means you you’re wasting your money and time on inferior products =). Whether one would associate an IQ with that statement is another matter.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    FAIL. Suppose:
    1000 Opera users: average = 1000 test results / 100.
    20000 IE users: average = 20000 test results / 20000.

    There’s no problem with the metric of the data.
    Read other comments by me above about “pre-installed” issue.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    THE RESULT of the IQ test has nothing to do with which browser comes pre-installed. IE users, because it’s pre-installed or not, have the average IQ the research shows.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KB7CF24HU6GYOA66GTOUFSRYY RafaelA

      Man, you crack me up! :P You’re obsessing over those charts, aren’t you? I think the whole thing is a bit of joke. I’m sure you’re a smart IE user, my man. Don’t worry.

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        Naah I’m just answering illogical comments…, I don’t care about the results or if the test is fake, I’m just pointing what’s wrong on people thoughts about it.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    How can an IQ test differ from another? There’s kind of a standard.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    How can an IQ test differ from another? There’s kind of a standard.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    But Dragonfly and other tools are already integrated…
    I won’t say they’re the better tools… But Firebug ISN’T part of Firefox, isn’t developed by Mozilla itself, so don’t give this merit to Mozilla.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    But Dragonfly and other tools are already integrated…
    I won’t say they’re the better tools… But Firebug ISN’T part of Firefox, isn’t developed by Mozilla itself, so don’t give this merit to Mozilla.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    I think it was a serious comment… I wanted to say what I said anyway.

  • Karen Ellrick

    “All a web browser should do, in my opinion, is display HTML, CSS, etc in accordance to the standards.” I would also like it to *print* HTML, CSS, etc. according to the standards, but that has been a pipe-dream with all browsers as far as I can tell. Chrome is fast, but its developers clearly don’t care at all about printing (it doesn’t even have Print Preview, or an option to print backgrounds – useless in this era of heavy use of background colors and background images instead of img tags). My favorite browser overall is Firefox, but it doesn’t control page breaks properly (especially break-inside:avoid – that’s CSS 2.1!). Opera is the only browser among the five I test on that controls page breaks, but it sometimes fails to print images. Sigh…

  • Anonymous

    OK – So this sounds like great news – but as IE still is the dominating browser however much we bleat about it – doesnt this mean that we then have to be even more proactive in our development for IE users? Our designs and applications will have to be even more simpler so as not to confuse the poor dears. This still more work for us.
    [IF IE]Show detailed instructions[END IF]
    Mafiu

  • Vlad Nicula

    What does it mean when a hot blonde surfs the net with opera? It means she’s trying to act smart :D

  • Anonymous

    An amusing marketing tool for AptiQuant but hardly a random sample I suspect it may say more about the sort of people who go looking for IQ tests on the internet than about their browsers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1283226571 Samuel Kimathi Muriithi

    How many IE6 users do you think are going to actually come across this thread anywhere to think of making the change

  • Anonymous

    (Edit: Grr, stupid bleedin’ Disqus, this post was supposed to be in reply to IT Mitică about three pages down, but as usual it’s failed to put it in the right place)

    Opera is really good at the basic HTML+CSS stuff, and generally displays it much closer to what the specs say than other browsers. Saying all you want is for it to do the basic HTML stuff and then complaining that it doesn’t always work properly on lightboxes is like buying a bike because it’s cheap transport and complaining it doesn’t fly … lightboxes aren’t “basic HTML stuff” by any means!

    And on the startup point, you can choose whether to start with a blank tab, speed dial, specified saved session, previous session or dialogue box giving you the option. It just takes a few seconds exploring the options to change the preferences to your preferences, and you’re done.

    • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

      No problem. I still got the message :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/ggb667 Greg Bishop

    This is confusing cause and effect. Clearly IE causes users to loose IQ points, not that it is preferentially adopted by those of low IQ.

    ;)

  • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

    IE users can stop questioning their intelligence now — the AptiQuant survey appears to be an elaborate hoax (see the Update at the end of the article).

  • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

    It’s getting ridiculous with the nesting, so I’m going to start over.

    Rafael said:

    “What do you mean? Opera usability (user experience) is low???
    But read my text and you’ll se Opera has the best controls for who want control the way of browsing without having to perform extra commands…
    I don’t get it… ”

    Rafael, reading about a thing and experiencing the same thing is what makes the difference.

    UX is expressed in adoption rate. Right now Opera, by comparison, is coming in at 1.66%, if we were to trust StatCounter statistics. Let’s say it’s bigger, still, it shows how the users are perceiving Opera. The real and true test.

    And I’m not even counting for IE or Safari. These two are privileged. They will always have an assured number in the audience since they ride OS coattails they came bundle in.

    The true products having to fight for an audience are Firefox, Chrome and Opera. And right now Chrome and Firefox must do something good having such a large audience.

    They are friendly with new users and they are helpful to developers too. I can’t think for a reason I would recommend a new user Opera instead of Chrome, or why I would have a change of heart and trade Firefox and Firebug for Opera and Dragonfly.

    There may be some perks to using Opera, but the new user or the developer have chosen: Opera needs to do something else for them. And I’m only putting words to statistics numbers.

    So, I understand Opera is a required taste, it’s just that you need to drink too much before getting it. And that’s got to change. Or not :)

  • http://www.itmitica.com/en IT Mitică

    It’s getting ridiculous with the nesting, so I’m going to start over.

    Rafael said:

    “What do you mean? Opera usability (user experience) is low???
    But read my text and you’ll se Opera has the best controls for who want control the way of browsing without having to perform extra commands…
    I don’t get it… ”

    Rafael, reading about something and experiencing the same thing is what makes the difference.

    UX is expressed in adoption rate. Right now Opera, by comparison, is coming in at 1.66%, if we were to trust StatCounter statistics. Let’s say it’s bigger, still, it shows how the users are perceiving Opera. The real and true test.

    And I’m not even counting for IE or Safari. These two are privileged. They will always have an assured number in the audience since they ride OS’s coattails they are bundle with.

    The true products having to fight for an audience are Firefox, Chrome and Opera. And right now Chrome and Firefox must be doing something good having such a large audience.

    They are friendly with new users and they are helpful to developers too. I can’t think for a reason I would recommend a new user Opera instead of Chrome, or why would I have a change of heart and trade Firefox and Firebug for Opera and Dragonfly.

    There may be some perks to using Opera, but the new user or the developer have chosen: Opera needs to do something else for them. And I’m only putting words to statistics numbers.

    So, I understand that Opera is a required taste, it’s just that you need to drink too much before getting it. And that’s got to change. Or not :)

  • http://onsman.com/ ronsman

    Thanks for your comment, DED, but I disagree. Even having established that it was a hoax, the article continues to generate some excellent comments about browsers and how people use them. Perhaps it has even elicited some responses that would not have been made otherwise. I fully concede that I, like many, was taken in but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t publish an article about it. If we had found out it was a hoax and NOT reported that fact, THAT would be irresponsible. I think the discussion that has been generated in itself warrants SitePoint covering the story. Needless to say, if we had spotted it as a hoax, we would have reported it as such. Thanks again.

  • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

    DED, if the study was so obviously flawed, why didn’t you publish your doubts before the hoax was revealed? What made you think there wasn’t a control group? Why did you believe there was no control over sampling? Why wasn’t the 2006-2011 conclusion logical? It’s easy to say it was “clear” after the event.

    The hoax wasn’t obvious to me or many others; partly because it was so elaborate, plausible and reinforced our observations and prejudices toward IE.

    As far as I’m aware, no other sites have pulled the story — most added new posts to say it was a hoax. We’ve added an update to article itself so at least visitors finding this page will understand the full context.

    Would you have preferred us to pull the page? It would delete all comments and prevent further discussion. That would be irresponsible.

    • Anonymous

      The BBC News website have replaced their article with one that tells the story about the hoax and admits that even they were taken in by it. I acknowledge that you’ve put an update at the foot of the article but, given the nature of the hoax, I would have preferred to see that highlighted at the start, where most people will see it … I’m sure that there are many who will read the first couple of paragraphs and assume that the story is genuine, never reading as far as the end.

      • http://twitter.com/craigbuckler Craig Buckler

        Given the nature of the hoax? Did you think all IE users have an IQ of 80? If not, who did? Even the original article doesn’t take the survey seriously.

        If someone’s dumb enough to base a business decision on this information, they’re dumb enough to miss the “Update” notification – no matter where it’s put on the page. Besides, the hoax itself has recieved more publicity than the original survey.

  • http://society50.com wmac

    Already updated.

  • http://twitter.com/HotSpotPromo Darlene Hull

    Bummer. I would have been happier if this had been true, LOL! :)

  • mustafa

    if u used ie because it is installed on your pc doesn’t make you stupid the browser is a tool to browse the internet , it doesn’t matter what browser you use as long you get what u want from the web , in this case the simlplest the better.