Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Blue/Black/White/Gold Dress - Does it really matter?

I believe everyone is familiar with this picture which went viral earlier this week.
I mean, REALLY viral.
If you haven't heard or seen about it before, I suppose you have been living in a well.

Within minutes, EVERYONE was talking and sharing the same picture on their Facebook - Internationally. It was an instant talk of the town.
It got so exaggerated that even the WORLDWIDE news were reporting it.
I don't know what to make of it, but I find it amusing how a seemingly poor resolution image of a dress can become an instant Internet sensation. (Throughout the whole day and everywhere I went, I would hear phrases such as "So is it blue and black, or white and gold?!"

Ah, I admit I was one of those people. In fact, I forwarded the image to different groups of friends and felt doubtful that we would see different colors.
(I am a total Team Blue and Black. Lol)
I was somehow shocked (and horrified) when  a few of my colleagues and friends told me that the image is of a White and Gold dress.
I was insistent and COULDN'T see a single shade of white/gold at all.

Admittedly, it was quite entertaining while it lasted. It was an interesting experiment of how different people perceive things differently - and the keyword is "Subjective".
Granted that there are many websites out there telling you "Blue and Black"/"White and Gold" is the CORRECT answer, I would say that there isn't really a right or wrong one.

Now, here's another experiment that you can keep yourself entertained after the dress saga - I have forwarded it to a few friends and they had fun with it as well.

The Cones Test

The color nuances we see depend on the number and distribution of cones (=color receptors) in our eye. You can check this rainbow: how many color nuances do you count?

The Verdict:

You see less than 20 color nuances: you are a dichromats, like dogs, which means you have 2 types of cones only. You are likely to wear black, beige, and blue. 25% of the population is dichromat.

You see between 20 and 32 color nuances: you are a trichromat, you have 3 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green and red area). You enjoy different colors as you can appreciate them. 50% of the population is trichromat.

You see between 33 and 39 colors: you are a tetrachromat, like bees, and have 4 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green, red plus yellow area). You are irritated by yellow, so this color will be nowhere to be found in your wardrobe. 25% of the population is tetrachromat.

You see more than 39 color nuances: come on, you are making up things! there are only 39 different colors in the test and probably only 35 are properly translated by your computer screen anyway :)

It is highly probable that people who have an additional 4th cone do not get tricked by blue/black or white/gold dresses, no matter the background light ;)

Credits to: HERE