Social media engulfs hectic dress debate


Senior Madeline Hunley’s conversation with her mother over the infamous dress debate. Screenshot from Twitter @madhunley

For the past three days, Twitter has been in an anarchical state due to one thing: the dress.

A picture of a striped dress has been circulating through timelines causing distress to seemingly everyone.

“How can one dress cause so much trouble?” one might ask.

The problem is not evident until one actually sees the picture.

At first glance, the picture seems to be a regular dress with two distinct colors.

That is, until two people compare what colors they see. Half of the Twitter population sees the dress as blue with black stripes while the other half sees white with gold stripes.

Controversial debate over the actual color of the garment has lead to parody accounts, countless tweets and videos.

Conspiracy theories and degrading comments for viewers of the opposite colors alike have erupted in social media.

What is presumed to be legitimate scientific analysis has also been provided for why people are seeing two different sets of colors on one dress.

The answer and phenomenon appears to be this: because eyes have rods and cones that interpret colors in different ways, people see the hues in the dress differently.

Some theories state that those who see white and gold have damaged or weak rods that are not as sensitive to light, causing them not to see blue and black.

Others say that people who see blue and black have a supposed vitamin deficiency.

Whatever the case, The New York Times proved the actual dress to be blue and black, so my deepest condolences to all of Team White and Gold, but you are wrong. Here are some Tweets from students about the large dress debate:

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