It's 'The Dress' Effect Again: The Internet Is Divided Over The Color Of A Shoe
October 17, 2017 15:03 By Fabiosa
Imagine that you are scrolling through your Twitter feed, minding your own business, and then, you come across a social media war going on over the color of a shoe. Would you be surprised? We hope not, especially since this is not the first time something such hilariously confusing happened on social media.
On February 26th, 2015, the Twitter war took place over the color of a dress.
While some said that the dress was blue and black, others saw white and gold tones. It was such a crazy phenomenon that soon went viral all over the world. People just could not figure out how others saw a different (and very much unrelated) set of colors.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 26, 2015
Well, if you missed out that interesting part of internet history or simply crave getting into another color argument, then you might want to know that a shoe is causing almost as much of a stir as that dress.
Oh ffs. I started seeing mint & grey and now I see pink & white and now I'm stressed and I hate everything and everyone. SCREW YOU TRAINERS! pic.twitter.com/yyO0AzIx5b
— Nicola Hume (@Nicola_Hume) October 12, 2017
A Twitter user, Nicola Hume, shared a picture of a shoe, which reportedly originated from the Facebook page, Girlsmouth. In Hume's post, she said she saw the shoe as 'mint and grey' at first then later began to see 'pink and white'. Evidently, this was also the case for a few other users.
I’ve seen them as both but I can’t unsee the pink and white
— Lauren (@pottsy_) October 12, 2017
People began arguing back and forth, and Hume's tweet went viral. Want to know the actual color of the shoe? Well, according to reports, it is actually, pink and white, which completely baffles us over here. No matter how hard we look, we still continue seeing teal and grey.
THE REAL SHOE IS PINK & WHITE OKAY⁉️
The second pic was with flash & darkened, so it looks teal & gray. (depends on what lighting ur in) pic.twitter.com/FlbO3OEEuC
— alisha???? (@dolansmalik) October 11, 2017
So, why exactly people see different colors of the same thing? Well, it is simply based on how your brain perceives light on the background of the picture.
Let's take the dress, for instance, if you see black/blue, it's because your brain and biological instinct assume a white light shadow. However, if the colors you see are white/gold, your brain perceive a bluish shadow.
Science describes this phenomenon as 'color constancy', which simply refers to how our brains try to conceive different colors based on the light and shadow cast on them.
Simply put, your biological makeup determines how you see these items and other colors around you. The dress was actually blue and black. So, did you get it right in both instances?