Update: The entire site is bogus. Randomly guessing the lowest score I’ve seen is 108. Using the same answers going faster, the scores went down (138, then 126, then 132).
I’ve been annoyed with a facebook post that I can’t get rid of. It is the one about your IQ. I initially said it was bogus, but then I ran some numbers.
A Quick Aside:
[Please stop posting your IQ results. It isn't a real test by virtue of it saying "quick." The test had 15 questions tops. Here are the list of accepted tests and the scores needed for Mensa ]
Approximately 10 posts with scores ranging from 120 – 134 (me).
One of my friends whom I consider very intelligent got a 132.
Yes… I got the highest scores of everyone on my news feed (who have played).
On a standard IQ test, it is 15 points per 1 standard deviation.
So a score 120-134 is:
120: (120-100)/15 = 1.33 – Smarter than 90.82% of the population
134(me): (132-100)/15 = 2.13 -Smarter than 98.34% of the population
Here are a few takeaways:
People won’t post bad scores
This website is a commercial entity, so it is in their best interest to skew towards the higher end.
All of my friends have graduated from high school, most from college. Since I consider myself an educated professional, I generally am friends with said group. Therefore my friends are a smart bunch.
Based on this article from wikipedia: 12% have a masters degree or more. Doing a non-scientific, cursory look at my facebook friends, I can count more than 12% with a masters. All the more reason to skew the numbers towards the right (smarter).
Their IQ results should be skewed towards the higher numbers. If I’ve gotten all results (approximately 10) greater than +1.33 standard deviations. That means that at least 10% of my friends (or almost 30 people) are in that range. This assumes a normal distribution, which we discussed above that they are not.
I would like to add, that my friends whom I consider to be smarter than me, rarely use Facebook, and if they do, don’t share nonsense posts like this. So, yes I’m saying, I should be getting numbers that aren’t that high, but higher than average.