While we may question the sanity of anybody still clunking around the Web with the decade-old Internet Explorer 6 – even Microsoft wants that dinosaur to die – we wouldn't go as far as to say that the people who use IE are stupid. That didn't stop AptiQuant Psychometric Consulting from doing it, though. Last week, the group released a report that claimed that IE users had the lowest collective IQ of users of any browser. Stop chuckling, "Like"-clicking Chrome and Firefox fans – it turns out we're the idiots. The whole thing was probably a hoax.
BBC News dug a little deeper into the story after it received widespread media attention (including, um, from us), and it turns out that AptiQuant smells a bit fishy. The company's website has been around for less than a month, and the images of employees on the site were pulled from the website for Central Test, a French research company. The names of the employees have been changed, and Central Test doesn't know anything about AptiQuant. No one answered at AptiQuant's contact number when the BBC rang them up.
To be honest, we should have seen it coming when the supposed CEO of AptiQuant 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."