Here's one for the dinner table: according to a study by AptiQuant Psychometric Consulting, people browsing the web with Internet Explorer have statistically lower IQ's than surfers using Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera.
Not folk to mince words, AptiQuant spelled it out for IE users on its site: "There was a clear indication that the subjects using any version of Internet Explorer ranked significantly lower [in intelligence] than others."
AptiQuant reached this conclusion after testing 100,000 people over four weeks, offering them free IQ tests online and logging which browser test subjects were using to complete them.
AptiQuant's explanation for their findings? "Cognitive scores are linked to tech-savviness" they say. "Individuals on the lower side of the IQ scale tend to resist a change/upgrade of their browsers."
The web browser of choice for the web intelligentsia is apparently Opera, with its users averaging an IQ in the high 120s. Meanwhile, the woefully inadequate Internet Explorer users barely scraped into the 80-100 bracket.
But it's not all bad news for IE users: "subjects using IE 8 faired [sic] a little better."
You can read AptiQuant's full report here (IE users should be aware that it contains long words and some graphs).