Last week a research report saying Internet Explorer users are dumb from “psychometric consultant” company AptiQuant went viral on the web.We covered it here, as did the BBC, Forbes, the Telegraph, CNN and many others. The only problem with the coverage? We were all duped. We’re the dummies.
Turns out AptiQuant is a bogus site and the survey is a hoax, according to Steve Evans at Computer Business Review.
Evans notes that AptiQuant’s about page is almost a perfect mirror of the about page of Central Test, which is a “psychometric consultant” company. The only difference between the companies? The names were changed for AptiQuant.
The BBC also says the study is likely a hoax. It couldn’t get in touch with AptiQuant, and when it asked a Cambridge professor about the study, the professor thought it was unlikely to be real.
When we tried searching for AptiQuant team member Junie Grawskof through Google, we only got two results. So, yes, it’s likely a hoax.
Which means we’re sorta dumb. And we use Firefox!