The old stereotype that men just don't get colors--it's fuchsia/sage/turquoise, not pink/green/blue!--apparently is based on an element of truth, according to a beautiful interactive of showing how people name colors on DataPointed. Stephen Von Worley used data from an XKCD color survey, where more than 5 million users were shown colors and had to type in a word or phrase to describe the color. The bigger the dot on the interactive, the more people wrote that color. The higher up it is plotted, the more women used that name. The lower on the chart, the responses were more male. The simpler color names like red, green and blue are the large dots, and they tend to skew about 55 percent male. The top half of the chart shows the color names more women volunteered: dark moss green, buttercup, or lilac. To explore the interactive, go here to DataPointed.Net.
"While us men are busy grunting, guzzling beer, and shoving our hands down our pants, women get specific by mixing fruits, animals, spices, flowers, and other such familiarities with finely-honed modifiers like neon and dusty," Von Worley writes. "The result? A vast panoply of warm-fuzzy color names that seemingly trounces anything our Y-chromosomes have to offer."
The interactive also allows you to see the bubbles move according to saturation, brightness, popularity, and name length. All of them look pretty random according to gender except "popularity." The more popular, simple color names skewed slightly male.
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