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Study Compares IQ With Browser Choice

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the using-a-stupid-blocker dept.

The Internet 380

rennerik writes "A recent study of 100,000 people taking IQ tests compared the scores with which browser the person uses on a regular basis. On average, Internet Explorer users fared the worst, with IE6 users at the bottom of the pile and IE8 users performing slightly better. Firefox, Chrome and Safari fell in the middle with little difference between them. IE with Chrome Frame and Camino landed on top, along with Opera, whose users scored the highest"

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All of those studies are the same (5, Insightful)

Sun (104778) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940022)

The smaller the sample group, the more intelligent the average in it, in all recent "technology vs. intelligence" studies. Can we just deduct that the less intelligent flow with the crowd, the more intelligent actually pick what's best for them, and call it quits?

Shachar

Re:All of those studies are the same (5, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940070)

No. If it makes me feel superior to IE users, the story must run.

Re:All of those studies are the same (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940242)

We already know we're "superior". We're geeks: we're smarter than average (in terms of IQ at least) basically by definition. The more obscure and geeky the browser, the better the mean IQ of the userbase.

Re:All of those studies are the same (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940274)

Smarter by ego, not by definiton.

Re:All of those studies are the same (5, Insightful)

Jurily (900488) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940410)

> We're geeks: we're smarter than average (in terms of IQ at least) basically by definition.

Bullshit. We've just invested significant time and effort into understanding computers. Does that make us smarter than people getting really good at other areas of their life?

Re:All of those studies are the same (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940072)

The smaller the sample group, the more intelligent the average in it, in all recent "technology vs. intelligence" studies. Can we just deduct that the less intelligent flow with the crowd, the more intelligent actually pick what's best for them, and call it quits?

Shachar

Begin "social media" Facebook vs G+ flamewar in 3... 2... 1...

Re:All of those studies are the same (2)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940406)

The smaller the sample group, the more intelligent the average in it, in all recent "technology vs. intelligence" studies. Can we just deduct that the less intelligent flow with the crowd, the more intelligent actually pick what's best for them, and call it quits?

Shachar

Begin "social media" Facebook vs G+ flamewar in 3... 2... 1...

I use usenet, you insensitive clod! I out-think you all! Muahahahaha!

Re:All of those studies are the same (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940106)

The last paragraph sums it up nicely.

Whatever the reason for these results, I wouldn't take them too seriously. They are, after all, comprised only of people who feel compelled to take IQ tests. But if you ever want to argue that Internet Explorer 6 users are too stupid to upgrade, at least now you've got some empirical evidence.

Re:All of those studies are the same (3, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940118)

How do you explain the change over time then?
There is only one conclusion: Using IE6/7 actually reduces your intelligence by around 5 points per year.

Re:All of those studies are the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940250)

There is only one conclusion: Using IE6/7 actually reduces your intelligence by around 5 points per year.

Probably is caused by the cubicle environment these poor suckers dwell in for their daily grazing.

Re:All of those studies are the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940296)

The least intelligent can't identify their own browser most likely, and never upgrade. The average user is content with "what works" and IE8/9 works for the majority of users. The more intelligent users will identify what they need and find the product that suits them. In my case, Firefox because I can use Greasemonkey scripts which greatly simplify my browsing of certain sites.

Re:All of those studies are the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940306)

Internet Explorer does not run on Windows(unless you're some incredibly gifted with smarts or patience) does that mean Windows users are generally idiots?

Re:All of those studies are the same (2)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940388)

Really? I'm pretty sure I've had IE run on windows before.

Re:All of those studies are the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940340)

Can we just deduct that the less intelligent flow with the crowd

Possibly the less intelligent don't know the difference in meaning between "deduct" and "deduce"?

Re:All of those studies are the same (2)

JamesP (688957) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940370)

Well, they forgot lynx users...

Unless it was a web-based IQ test

Re:All of those studies are the same (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940412)

Well, they forgot lynx users...

Unless it was a web-based IQ test

Posted with MSIE6.0 :)

Re:All of those studies are the same (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940402)

So they should show the IQ breakdown by operating system. Vista would be lowest. I think 7 and XP about equal... Mac slightly above. (Smaller group but those that like simple... Tough call) And Linux and BSD users are freaking brilliant!

Re:All of those studies are the same (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940456)

Per experience, those who "sign" their name under any statement they make WHILE LOGGED IN UNDER ANOTHER USER NAME are pretty damn stupid.

Re:All of those studies are the same (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940462)

Or, that the kind of people who score higher on standardized IQ tests are the kind that are likely to interact with people who talk about alternatives to default. Or that technical web developers generally score higher on IQ tests, and they tend to use Opera for flexibility and power. Or that people in cities make IQ tests, and people in cities tend to use other browsers. Or that Opera is has become so damned complicated that only the super freaking brilliant would willingly subject themselves to it.

Correlation != causation

Opera user (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940024)

Great, now when people ask me why I use Opera I can tell them it's because I'm smarter than they are.

Re:Opera user (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940062)

And you are :)

Though Firefox 5 isn't a steaming pile of shit either.

I wonder if they made any comparisons of versions there. Firefox 3 is much worse than Opera 11.5.

I use Lynx! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940354)

And you are :)

Though Firefox 5 isn't a steaming pile of shit either.

I wonder if they made any comparisons of versions there. Firefox 3 is much worse than Opera 11.5.

I use Lynx which makes me superior to all of you! And many times, I just use telnet as my browser which makes me a God compared to all of you! Your pathetic intellects are just .... pathetic!

Pray to me! Pray to me as your God!

Oh praise Anonymous Coward! Superior because he used Lynx! Praise to be the Lord AC!

AMEN!

next up: why Emacs users are the World's greatest - God's gift to computer programming!!!

P.S. Everyone on this thread are pretty stupid for getting sucked into this ridiculous article.

Re:Opera user (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940314)

I thought that sense of smug superiority was the whole point in using it?

Flawed study. (5, Funny)

will_die (586523) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940026)

They break up the different versions of IE, if you combine all the IE versions then the IQ levels exceed the others.

Re:Flawed study. (4, Interesting)

Teun (17872) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940058)

According to your grasp of Lies, Statistics and more Lies you are either running IE6 or Opera.

Re:Flawed study. (1)

CheeseTroll (696413) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940064)

It's an average, not a sum.

(or was that a big "whoosh" I just heard?)

Re:Flawed study. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940068)

Guess you're an IE user who doesn't understand how averages work. Looks like the study isn't flawed after all.

Re:Flawed study. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940084)

Is this a joke? Or are you perhaps an IE user (hint hint)?

Re:Flawed study. (4, Funny)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940192)

It was a joke, but he's an Opera user so he wouldn't expect you to understand it.

Re:Flawed study. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940258)

That's okay. No one understands why anybody uses Opera.

Re:Flawed study. (1)

NFN_NLN (633283) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940380)

That's okay. No one understands why anybody uses Opera.

I don't use Opera on my PC but I use it on my Android phone. It's lightweight and simple so it's well suited for portable devices. But I like the plugins I get with Firefox so it's my main desktop browser.

Re:Flawed study. (1)

AchilleTalon (540925) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940256)

Shut up stupid!

Re:Flawed study. (1)

Technician (215283) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940336)

By the same token, I use IE 6 at work as part of the corporate build, Firefox for browsing external sites, Chrome on a netbook, Opera mini on my phone, By your logic adding scores for different versions, I should be a Mensa club member. I use all of them regularly. I only use IE for the corporate environment as it is the IT build. There are plans to migrate off that soon as the corporate applications are upgraded. They are skipping Vista entirely in the upgrade. That has been a good call.

Just downloaded... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940028)

Just downloaded Opera. I feel smarter already!

Re:Just downloaded... (4, Insightful)

will_die (586523) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940040)

or you brought down the average for the Opera group.

Re:Just downloaded... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940194)

but the average for his previous browser went up...

Corrected for income? (3, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940048)

I read this a couple days ago (days ago? Come on /.) and I still don't know if they corrected for income.

Dumb people tend to end up poor. Poor people use older stuff because thats all they can afford.

Not thinking its insightful to learn that poor people have cruddier older hardware.

Also smarter people are more likely to admin their own computer, thus be permitted to upgrade... Not sure how or if they accounted for that.

Its possible, that above and beyond the effect of poverty or work I.T. configuration, dumb people do dumb things, but i dunno; that's a pretty cutting edge idea worthy of a Nobel.

Re:Corrected for income? (5, Funny)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940382)

Poor people use older stuff because thats all they can afford.

If only those web browsers wouldn't be so dawn expensive....

Conclusion (5, Funny)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940086)

Internet Explorer makes you stupid.

This is how statistics work, right?

(Typed in Internet Explorer)

Re:Conclusion (5, Funny)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940094)

No you idiot. Correlation does not imply causation.

(Posted with Firefox)

Re:Conclusion (5, Funny)

mikkelm (1000451) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940224)

Haha, plebs.

(Authored in Opera.)

Re:Conclusion (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940338)

Wait, what is this?

(Edited in Notepad)

Re:Conclusion (1)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940358)

Haha, morons.

(Posted from Lynx (on OpenBSD, even))

Re:Conclusion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940414)

Well, there are more stupid people than smart people.

So corporate is smarter than me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940090)

Our corporate office uses IE exclusively. I have valid reasons to dispute this but many are related to apps that work exclusively under IE and no fucking way around it.

Re:So corporate is smarter than me? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940246)

Our corporate office uses IE exclusively. I have valid reasons to dispute this but many are related to apps that work exclusively under IE and no fucking way around it.

Therefore, it's clear that dumb people work for big companies. Check your browser at work, folks.

Re:So corporate is smarter than me? (1)

Sfing_ter (99478) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940378)

And thus is the "corporate mentality" proven to be sufficiently deficient. Though I suspect you don't run IE on your own computer.
Posted with FF5 on Linux...

And those of us who use SeaMonkey (2)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940092)

have pegged the meter...

Still the best

Re:And those of us who use SeaMonkey (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940254)

Agreed, still the browser with the best interface for me. Unfortunately SeaMonkey started having random crashes with 'RenderBadPicture' in the X Window error at least a few times a day, so I had to abandon it for Firefox a few months ago :(

Losers (3, Informative)

wumpus188 (657540) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940096)

I use lynx. Does this make me a God?

Re:Losers (1)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940154)

I think it is probably only a predictor that the MMO games that you play are mostly MUDs.

Re:Losers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940180)

No, but it does make you a backward Luddite who probably hasn't been fucked since Emacs was first released.

I'd say I feel sorry for you but I'm laughing too hard, maybe later.

Re:Losers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940328)

ROFLMAO! Daaaamn dude. If I wasn't crying tears of laughter I'd mod this +1 flaim bait. Still. Good one sir. Good. One. Sir.

Re:Losers (3, Funny)

Urkki (668283) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940320)

I use lynx. Does this make me a God?

Yes, absolutely! Now wait there while your IP is tracked, and nice people dressed all in white will come and take you to meet other deities in... Mt. Olympus institute for... gods.

Re:Losers (1)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940344)

It's more likely that you suffer from some form of mental illness...

Sounds about right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940098)

It takes a genius to be able to work Opera.

And Chrome Frame in IE for all those intelligent businessmen!

Read the article posted just in front of this one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940100)

That is all that you need to know that the IQ study is pretty solid.

Does it run Linux? (4, Funny)

Teun (17872) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940102)

My first thought was, yeah sure, of course those running Linux compatible browsers are smarter!

But then I realised of all IE browsers it's IE6 that runs on Linux...

:)

Re:Does it run Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940248)

No, it doesn't run on Linux.
It runs on Windows.
It just happens to be, that Linux can make itself look like Windows, with the use of Wine.
(I knew alcohol had a dumbing-down effect, but I didn't know that's also true for computers. So Futurama was all wrong?? ;)

I use several different browsers at work and home (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940112)

So I'm either stupid or intelligent? This is about the most flawed and biased study I've seen in a long time. But run of the mill for the haters on Slashdot.

Full report (2)

Ironix (165274) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940116)

The full report can be found here [aptiquant.com] .

Re:Full report (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940432)

Where is the raw data? I want to see the breakdown by OS!

Mine is off the charts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940122)

It really is.

I wonder as well.... (1)

c1ay (703047) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940134)

In the vast majority, over 90%, of the calls I make to people's houses to clean infected PCs the browser most often used is IE. I realize part of this is their larger market share but I also wonder if a higher percentage of regular IE users are more easily tricked into clicking on links they shouldn't.

I thought IQ was totally invalid as a measure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940160)

Cue debates about measures of IQ calculated across different groups and the typical arguments against it as a concept.

Re:I thought IQ was totally invalid as a measure (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940444)

Cue debates about measures of IQ calculated across different groups and the typical arguments against it as a concept.

Better not. It was patented last week! [rimshot]

I use Opera... (1)

rizole (666389) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940168)

...for porn. Sooo; intelligent and turned on. Good combo.

What about me? (1)

rebelwarlock (1319465) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940170)

I have to use everything on that list (other than IE6) to test my web programming. Does that mean I get to add them all up or do I have to "not cheat"?

Re:What about me? (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940448)

Well, do you feel dumber while testing in IE6?

Methods in report are impossible (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940174)

As a professor of psychology who has used intelligence tests in research, have given them clinically, and have taught students to use them, I just wanted to say to be very skeptical of this report.

The report is very sketchy.

It claims, for example, to have given the WAIS-IV online, the WAIS-IV being probably the most commonly administered intelligence test in existence.

The problem with this claim is that the WAIS-IV can only really be given in person, by a trained examiner. There are subtests on the WAIS-IV that would be impossible to actually give online. I.e., not only would it be a bad idea to not given them online, without a trained examiner, it would be physically impossible.

It's possible the firm claiming this study gave tests similar to the WAIS-IV, or gave portions of the WAIS-IV, but it is actually not possible to do what they actually claim in the report. They also don't give enough details to actually know what they really did, either, so you can't know.

I actually think the results they report are what I would expect, if I were forced to make a prediction, but the whole thing has a cloud cast over it by the fact they're claiming methods that are impossible (and actually perhaps illegal, given that the WAIS-IV is copyrighted and strictly controlled).

Keep in mind this report is being released by a for-profit company trying to benefit from publicity, using methods that are sketchy at best. Take it with a huge grain of salt, if at all.

High school much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940202)

Was the study done by high schoolers? :)

Chromium? Konqueror? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940204)

Chromium? Konqueror? What about these?

Camino! (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940216)

LOL! Has that been upgraded lately? LTIC it was dog slow compared to Chrome, and ISTR that it wasn't terribly well threaded (loading in one tab cold slowdown loading in other tabs).. Has it kept up with Firefox Gecko?

Re:Camino! (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940268)

Maybe the one person running Camino happened to have a high IQ :)

Survey has bias against firefox users... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940218)

...who were all waiting for some plugin to get ported before they would take the test.

What about the IQ of the people running the study? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940220)

Or the IQ of the people that believe the results of the study??

so (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940232)

Since I have 4 browsers on my PC
- If I want to appear very smart, I should use Opera
- Smart, but not frightening (when looking for a date ?) = Chrome
- Bland = IE

and if I want to crash, I'll fire up firefox !

It's merely because Internet Explorer is a default (1)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940244)

Let's assume, for sake of argument, that the browsers mentioned are all of equal quality, and each can be used for every browser application, but each is slightly better than others for some specific application. It would follow that for any specific application, one has a choice of using the default browser, or installing some other browser; let's assume that knowing which browser is better for a specific application is an indication of intelligence, and the more obscure the browser, the more intelligence is indicated by the knowledge that the obscure browser is better for a specific application. The effects would be moderated by the assumption that the default browser is better for a specific application.

The upshot would be that, assuming all browsers are of equal quality overall, the average intelligence of users of the default browser would be lower than that of users of non-default browsers, especially obscure non-default browsers.

Internet Explorer is the default browser in all versions of Windows since Windows 95, and Windows is the most widely used operating system by far; I think my argument would explain why the average IQ of Internet Explorer users is slightly lower than the average IQ of users of other browsers, and that therefore the study cited doesn't really say anything about Internet Explorer, per se.

(I prefer Firefox -- which is the default in Ubuntu and in Fedora, but not in Windows.)

And in other news... (1)

j33px0r (722130) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940262)

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

AptiQuant also conducted studies looking for possible correlations between intelligence and beer choice, peanut butter choice, and favorite ice cream flavor, results forthcoming courtesy of News Corp.

Opera? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940272)

All this shows is that even people who are really smart have a hard time finding the option in Windows to stop using Opera as their default browser.

The perfect troll. (4, Insightful)

westlake (615356) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940278)

This is a PR stunt by a company that wants to sell personality testing to your boss.

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.

This is add-driven self-selected polling. Manipulative and fraudulent.

The chats do not distinquish between the browser at home and the browser at work. That matters a lot when you looking at Internet Explorer.

Um (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940282)

So people that can afford a Mac or machine with a new version of Windows are smart, people that build their own machines are average, and people that have shitty old computers are stupid? Oooooh K.

Re:Um (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940476)

...and people that have shitty old computers are stupid?

If they can not figure out how to download Firefox, yes...

Small sample group (1)

PenquinCoder (1431871) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940284)

and a self-selected type of IQ test. Not very 'scientific'. Oh, and this was 'news' about three days ago, but even then, hardly worth classifying as news worthy.

Re:Small sample group (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940420)

This isn't a yes-or-no poll. For such a long test, over 100 thousand people is not a small sample group.

And unless you think smart MSIE users (and dumb Opera users) are less liklely to take the test, then the fact that it's self-selected doesn't really affect distribution; at most it might affect the overall average, but the results are normalized, so that's not really relevant.

I've been using Opera as my main browser since the Windows NT days. It had tabbed browsing, plug-in and pop-up blocking, cursor gestures, instant back & forward, zoom, etc., years before other browsers did. Everyone I know who has used Opera exclusively for one week (after I nagged them to try it) has stuck with it, and that includes some pretty stupid people. The difference is stupid people are less likely to try alternatives on their own, or to put in the effort to learn a slightly different interface. They're used to MSIE and they get scared by the slightly different icons in Opera (or Chrome, Firefox, etc.), so they never find out their advantages.

Overlooked By Survey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940288)

Since I use 3 different browsers regularly and have an IQ of 162, how is it that I do not feel represented in this survey?

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940290)

The Opera user is pretty smart!

The real question (1)

DuChamp Fitz (987592) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940298)

The real question is which browser users are evolutionarily superior. I.e. which browser gets you laid?

And in other news... (2)

j33px0r (722130) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940302)

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

AptiQuant also conducted several studies looking into possible correlations between intelligence and beer choice and favorite ice cream flavor. Results forthcoming courtesy of News Corp.

Next study prediction (1)

AchilleTalon (540925) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940304)

Provided the stupid guys are using IE.
Provided they are aware the smart guys are using Opera.
Provided they are stupid.
Provided stupids are the mass.

Then, the stupid guys will switch to Opera over the next years in the hope to become smart or at least look smart.

The next study will then show us stupid peoples are using Opera.

Re:Next study prediction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940442)

Most truly stupid people think they're smart.

First post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940318)

Posted with Internet Explorour.

Intelligent people run Firefox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940324)

Until Opera and the others support AdBlock Plus, NoScript, and Flashblock then I can't use anything other than Firefox.

Sure, some others browsers have similar functionality they still suck compared to those specific extensions.

On top of that, Firefox is the only one that supports PKCS#11 which is a requirement for anyone serious about security (it lets you use hardware tokens).

Which group does this fall in? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940346)

Which browser do I have to use to be smart enough to not give a shit about "studies" that have no value outside of fanboi mental masturbation?

Oh! I just switched (1)

Quantum_Infinity (2038086) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940408)

Damn! I just switched from Opera to Chromium.

Huh, looks like... (1)

zullnero (833754) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940424)

...there's going to be some seriously ego-bloated Opera users who still love their one time ad-bloated fad from the 90's that couldn't properly spoof itself as IE or Netscape no matter how much they said it could. But I'm sure it's "Much better now!".

Oh, yeah, and the trick about IE being the browser used by dumb people...well, duh. It comes preloaded with the operating system sold on the cheapest mass marketed PCs that don't give dumb people aneurysms looking at the boot screen.

A step above that is Chrome, a browser that is often distributed along with various other software products in a manner not unlike spyware. And Firefox, which the media publications told Windows users to use because it was safer (which means slightly more intelligent people were paying attention and downloaded it instead of being absolutely ignorant). And Safari, which comes along with PCs that are fairly more expensive, mainly status symbols, and owned by people who generally are of a higher pay grade.

As for Camino and Chrome Frame, those are probably being used by nerds because 98% of the population haven't even heard of those options. I have, but I just don't care about them all that much. And of course, Opera, which is only being used by people who are stubbornly holding onto a notion of technical superiority and heightened security that Opera hasn't had in several years. And they're probably using it on Linux to boot.

So yeah, I can see how that survey kind of sets itself up nicely. You probably don't have to even survey people, it kind of all falls into place quite well if you've paid attention to anything browser related over the past 15 years.

Fuckers, I'm off the scale. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940426)

Fuckers I'm off your scale, with Konqueror, Chromium, and Nightly. :-)

Translated to Marketing this gives: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36940430)

I am waiting for some IE marketing guy to claim:

IE6 is the easiest and most intuitive browser to use, as even the simpletons can use it, whereas all other browsers are so difficult that you need a post-grad IQ to be able to use them.

Next update from MS:
" A recent study has shown that IE6 is the most consumer friendly browser, and it was decided that IE10 will go back to the roots. "

Check out the big brain on Brad (1)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 2 years ago | (#36940454)

You might use Chrome but do you know what a Quarter Pounder with cheese is in French?

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