Internet Explorer users "are kind of stupid," says study

(CBS) - As you read this post, which browser are you using? If you're on Internet Explorer, you might want to stop reading because we're about to hurt your feelings.

According to AptiQuant, a "psychometric consulting" firm that provides hiring exams for businesses, Internet Explorer users are kind of stupid.

AptiQuant called their post, "Is Internet Explorer For The Dumb? A New Study Suggests Exactly That." Ouch!

The Canada-based company gave online IQ tests to more than 100,000 people. "Visitors arrived either through organic searches or through advertisements on other sites, and AptiQuant made a note of which browser each test taker was using," reports PC World.

According to the study, Internet Explorer 6 users were the dumbest with Internet Explorer 8 users performing slightly better. Firefox, Chrome and Safari were in the middle, while Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame and Camino were at the top as having better IQs than the rest.

"The study showed a substantial relationship between an individual's cognitive ability and their choice of web browser. 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," explains AptiQuant.

Since Internet Explorer is pre-installed in Windows, some folks who are not tech savvy (smart?) use it by default. And since they're lacking the tech savvy-ness (smarts?) to download a different (better?) browser, one could conclude they're not as sharp. Thoughts?

"Microsoft created a conspiracy with Internet Explorer's shell integration with Windows Explorer, and making its removal complicated, if not impossible," says AptiQuant.

So dare we ask, which web browser are you using?

  • Ysolt Usigan

    Ysolt Usigan is the editor of lifestyle and technology for women at CBSNews.com