Culture, Internet, Social

This Dress Broke the Internet: Do You See What They See?

Is it time to reconsider everything we have ever seen in life till this minute? Has your existence been a lie? If you haven’t pondering about it yet, you will now, and might as well feel deceived by life.

The Internet is divided over a colourful battle, unleashed by a svelte dress of enigmatic hues which will force you to question your visual senses.

Swiked, a Tumblr user, uploaded an image of the dress on Feb. 25 with the caption, “guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree…”


Image Source: swiked.tumblr

The picture seems have torn mankind apart (on Twitter). Some identify the colours of the dress as black and blue while some are of opinion that gold and white are the colours. There are also a few who stick to blue and green and so on.

 The colour identification debate has heated up so much that it has even managed to draw celebrities into the domain of argumentation.

Taylor Swift tweeted

 Jaden Smith shares Swift’s  opinion. Tweets:

However, according to Sarah Hyland, the dress is White and Gold.

Similarly, here’s a list of tweets from people sharing their views on the colours of the dress:

One of the hilarious tweets regarding the dress on Twitter is as follows:

The Explanation:

To rescue the fate of humanity and protect mankind from getting collapsed over this war, Andy Rexford shared a document on Twitter, providing scientific argument behind this visual confusion.

The document reads:

“Your eyes have retinas, the things that let you interpret color. There’s rods, round things, and cones that stick out, which is what gives your eye a textured appearance in the colored part. The “cones” see color. The “rods” see shade, like black, white and grey. Cones only work when enough light passes through. So while I see the fabric as white, someone else may see it as blue because my cones aren’t responding to the dim lighting. My rods see it as a shade (white).

There’s three cones: small, medium and large. They are blue sensitive, green sensitive, and red sensitive.

As for the black bit (which I see as gold), it’s called additive mixing. Blue, green and red are the main colors for additive mixing. This is where it gets really tricky. Subtractive mixing, such as with paint, means the more colors you add the murkier it gets until its black. ADDITIVE mixing, when you add the three colors the eyes see best, red, green and blue, (not to be confused with primary colors red, blue and yellow) it makes pure white.

-Blue and Black: In conclusion, your retina’s cones are more high functioning, and this results in your eyes doing subtractive mixing.

-White and Gold: our eyes don’t work well in dim light so our retinas rods see white, and this makes them less light sensitive, causing additive mixing, (that of green and red), to make gold.”

Now with all that said, what colour is the dress according to you?

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