Does Using FireFox Make You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

I run a number of website tools that provide the type of information that allows me to make available a better experience for readers of this Blog, than I might otherwise be able to provide.

One of these tools makes available information on which web browser readers of this Blog use while visiting. It’s of no strategic value really; but it does provide some interesting statistics nonetheless. I’ve noticed over the course of the last year, or so, that by far the most popular browser used by readers of this Blog is, wait for it, and yes it’s FireFox.

Take a look at the chart below and you’ll notice that in one two hour period, this week, the browser wars went like this:

Browser Stats updated

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So, 47% of visitors to this Blog use FireFox/Mozilla in one flavor or another. You might think that these are isolated or non representative numbers. In fact, these numbers with reasonable small changes up, or down, characterize the daily Browser activity on this Blog.

It struck me, that given the fact that FireFox currently has approximately 21% of the Browser market, then why are approximately 47% of this Blogs readers choosing FireFox?

Is it because they’re smarter, more technically knowledgeable, more security aware, more net savvy than the average IE user, or more familiar with the services/products that the Internet has to offer?

I think all of the above are more than likely true. Well perhaps not smarter. But it would be hard to argue that they’re not more technically savvy: after all this is a tech Blog.

I’d love to know what drives users to FireFox, so if you have a personal observation, let me know. I’d be glad to hear it.

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7 responses to “Does Using FireFox Make You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

  1. Levi

    I think tech-savvy users value speed, security, and customization when looking for a web browser. For me, Firefox with NoScript and AdBlock extensions installed is tops in all three categories. ..and with IEtab, you can view pages using IE (for those dopey web designers who think it’s still the only browser) from within your current Firefox window!

    I was surprised to see that Opera didn’t pull in higher numbers. That would be my go to browser if Firefox ever let me down.

    • billmullins

      Hey Levi,

      Like you, NoScript and AdBlock form part of my essential security add-ons
      when I run FireFox. I’ve been a little surprised, as well, in the low
      numbers on Opera. It’s a great browser that deserves better.

      Thank you for your comment.

      Bill

  2. Techie-type people on the Internet touted Firefox, saying it was safer and better. I believed them.

    • billmullins

      Hey Donna,

      Thank you for the comment.

      If FireFox is outfitted with the appropriate security add-ons it is then an
      extremely safe browser. Unfortunately, given the state of Internet security,
      there is no one browser that is 100% safe.

      Bill

  3. Just for giggles I checked my site stats, we are a PC repair company so it’s safe to assume most visitors finding our site are not tech savvy;

    IE7: 45.2%
    IE6: 27.8%
    FF 3: 11.6%
    Safari: 5.6%
    FF 2: 2.4%

  4. Firefox is great, I’m actually surprised to say I like IE8 as well. It was first to run each tab in a separate process like Google Chrome does. I think the competition in browsers has improved the segment, we’ve come a long way from IE6. From Dave’s stats I’m thinking people are checking out his site at work where IE predominates still.