Study Shows Opera Users to be Significantly Smarter? UPDATE
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Monday, August 1, 2011 7:45:31 AM
A consulting company named AptiQuant has tested 100,000 peoples' IQ and shown the average scores split up by the browsers used by test-takers. Update: Study was a hoax!
AptiQuant reiterates the results in their blog post titled: "Is Internet Explorer For The Dumb? A New Study Suggests Exactly That." They clearly bar no holds when it comes to their disdain for Internet Explorer and the difficulty of developing for it, but they come to some interesting conclusions based on their results.
First, it is noted that Internet Explorer's users scored, by far, the lowest scores in the tests, and the older the version of IE, the lower the IQ score of test takers had been found. There is a curious exception here with IE 9, whose users managed lower scores than IE 8's users.
Firefox, Chrome, and Safari users managed scores a fair bit higher than their IE-using counterparts. Significantly higher still were users of IE with Chrome Frame, the lesser known Camino browser, and coming out on top of all of them, our dear Opera users.
This seems to indicate that smarter users stay on top of their software updates, and are also more likely try alternative browsers. These results should also certainly command some respect for Opera users -- according to this study, they seem to comprise a sort of intellectual elite!
Unfortunately, some die-hard Internet Explorer fans haven't taken the bad news all too well, and have actually threatened a lawsuit against AptiQuant.
After some research by a few journalists, it was discovered that this study may have been a hoax -- and the perpetrators have admitted this themselves!
They claimed that they were frustrated with the poor standards support in legacy versions of Internet Explorer and thus created this fake website to bring awareness to the issue. Now of course, we are left wondering... what would the results of a real study like this actually look like?