study: ie users have below average iq [updated]

A very interesting study by AptiQuant, a psychometrics consulting company, has recently published a study drawing the connection between a user's choice of internet browser and their IQ.

"The results are really not that surprising. With just a look at the graphs in the report, it comes out pretty clear that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average on the IQ tests. Chrome, Firefox and Safari users had just a teeny bit higher than average IQ scores. [...] The continuous use of older versions of IE by millions of people around the world has often haunted web developers. This trend not only makes their job tougher, but has also pulled back innovation by at least a decade."

On with innovation!


This story has raked in gazillions of hits, even to the point of being covered by big news corporations like BBC, CNN, Forbes and The Telegraph. But as it turns out - it was all a big prank... that fooled all IE and non IE users alike! They kept going with the prank, publishing an update claiming that AptiQuant was threatened with a lawsuit by loyal IE users:

"Leonard Howard, the CEO of [AptiQuant] said that he has been receiving hate mail from IE users since yesterday. He said, “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.

Can someone point us to the gullible sign?

That being said, bits of the prank remain true: developing sites to be compatible with all ancestral versions of IE is cumbersome. Bugger.

Thank you Sarah, for the tip.