August 01, 2011, 12:28 PM — The company that released a study last Tuesday showing users of Internet Explorer had lower IQs that those using other browsers reports it has been flooded with hate mail from IE users – much of it badly spelled, no doubt.
AptiQuant – an HR-consulting company that specializes in psychological testing as a way of judging an applicant's suitability for a job – put together its attention-grabbing study in the most scientific way available that didn't cost any money or much effort.
It posted a free IQ test, then compared the results from more than 100,000 self-selected volunteers who had nothing better to do with their time than take the least-accurate version of a test already assailed as a deeply flawed way of evaluating intelligence.
Then the company matched results of the test to server records of the browsers being used. Here's a PDF of the results.
Luckily there was absolutely no indication of bias for or against any individual browser..
Except maybe for this, from the press release about the study:
Internet Explorer has traditionally been considered a pain in the back for web developers. Any IT company involved in web development will acknowledge the fact that millions of man hours are wasted each year to make otherwise perfectly functional websites work in Internet Explorer, because of its lack of compatibility with web standards. The continuous use of older versions of IE by millions of people around the world has often haunted web developers."
The press release that came one day after release of the study reported the company receiving "a lot" of hate mail from IE users.
There's a good chance AptiQuant only did the study in the first place as a way to get some publicity.
The second release obviously shows AptiQuant was as pure in its intentions as it was in its methodology.
I mean, what company that was only looking for publicity would follow up the release of a provocative study with another just one day later talking about the reaction to the first release?
Especially since most of the news coverage on the study (way too much of it) didn't hit until Friday and over the weekend?
The second release quoted the company's CEO uttering soothing words to IE users: