#TheDress came very close to breaking the Internet last night. When I got home, I saw the picture and immediately shared it with my husband. At that point, I didn't even realize it was viral. The topic was just so compelling that I had to share it. Little did I know that my husband had already received the photo 4 times.
Why did a stupid dress inspire so much attention? Who cares if it is white and gold, or blue or black? With 2 million plus searches and Buzzfeed breaking a record amount of new visitors, it is clear that this topic connected humans the world over. It may just be a stupid dress, but that sort of global interaction can't be easily dismissed. Here are the profound lessons the internet craze over the dress taught us.
1. We are all connected, we are all human.
The tricks of the human brain doesn't speak one language. This was an issue that everyone the world over could join the global conversation on. When the world feels so divided, know that for one night, the dress connected us all.
The tweet is a joke that says something to the effect of:
"I saw your girlfriend kissing your best friend."
"What was she wearing?"
"A gold and white dress."
"Oh don't worry, she was actually wearing a black and blue dress today."
2. What we see is not always what we get.
This is a great lesson on how being "right" can be entirely subjective.
3. People inspire us with their never ending well of creativity.
Not only did the internet explode with reactions, it also created hilarious memes and commentary surrounding the mind-blowing phenomenon.
4. The dress gives context to world violence.
How many times have we heard about a conflict that seems divided over an issue that just doesn't seem that significant? Heated debate over the dress is proof of this. It divided the world into two camps, with maybe a few in a third camp that could see both colors.
Several thousand years from now this dispute will inspire violence that will eclipse the conflict in the Middle East. #TheDress— tomfeister (@tomfeister) February 27, 2015
5. The complexity of our brain inspires us all.
In the end, there was a very reasonable and scientific explanation for the changing-color dress phenomenon. It just goes to show how amazing our brain and our world is.