You see, my spoiled 13 year old daughter and 11 year old son still like to partake of their morning brew with a straw, immune to my environmentally-minded admonitions.
There’s science to support either one of these theses, or a combination of both. One study, for example, established a female preference for the red-pink-lilac end of the color spectrum across different cultures, suggesting a biological evolutionary factor behind color preferences among men and women. The baby doesn’t care about the color, but it will be raised to care a lot. Apart from the obvious commercial drive to market baby products, gender color coding seems to reflect a conservative pink-blue worldview of clear and set-in-stone divides amongst the sexes. Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth.
You see a small baby and, based on the color of the baby's blanket, decide whether it's a boy or a girl. It's common knowledge that pink is for girls and blue is for boys. But have you ever wondered why?
Why is it that boys prefer blue and girls pink? Is it a cultural phenomenon, as many assume? Or does this distinction between color preferences occur on a different level? This question is exactly what two neuroscientists working at Newcastle University in Great Britain seek to answer.
Doctors Anya Hurlbert and Yazhu Ling created an experiment concerning color preferences among men and women. The journal Current Biology published their findings in the Aug. The researchers assembled test subjects of both sexes between the ages of 20 and 26 for the study.
Most were British Caucasians, but 37 were of Chinese ancestry and were raised in China. The subjects sat before a computer while two rectangles of different colors flashed on the screen. For the purpose of the study, the neuroscientists divided the color spectrum into two halves, red-green and blue-yellow.
The rectangles were sorted into these two categories. The researchers asked participants to quickly choose which rectangle they preferred, and then the computer moved on to another set of rectangles. The findings from the experiment showed that men and women both preferred blue out of this set of basic colors.
When given mixed colors to choose from, the male population of the study showed a wide preference for color blends. But when the women were asked to choose from mixed colors, they tended to prefer colors that moved away from blue and toward the red end of the spectrum, where shades like pinks and lilacs are found.
The scientists concluded that the long-held distinction of color preferences among genders had a real basis. Couldn't these results be due to the participants being raised in a culture where blue is for boys and pink for girls? In other words, couldn't the color preferences be learned rather than innate -- something we're born with?
That's where the Chinese participants came in.
The results were similar among the Chinese women and the British women: Both preferred the shades found on the red side of the spectrum.
This lends support to the notion that color preferences among the sexes have a biological basis rather than a cultural one. The researchers hope to support this conclusion with a revised version of the test modified for infants.
A very young child, the scientists reason, hasn't yet had a chance to be socialized into a gender role by society. Therefore, any color preferences displayed by babies would have to be innate.
But the question remains -- why is there a distinction among males and females regarding color preferences? Doctors Hurlbert and Ling suggest that the reason is found in humanity's distant past. Read the next page to find out how the origins of our color preferences might be found on the African savannah.Age doesn't matter when referencing color.
At 20 years old or at 70 years old gender is (generally) the same. And it's often gender which plays a larger role in color preferences than age ever will..
There are tons of studies referencing color preference by gender.
While there are no hard and fast rules about what colors are feminine, masculine or gender-neutral, thanks to various color studies conducted over the past 70 years, some generalizations are possible. What Does This Mean to Web Design? Although more research is advised in the area of gender, color preference, and digital spaces, a few basic ideas can be gleaned and transported to good web-.
Apr 13, · The aim with any equality initiative shouldn't be to create an undue advantage for women, but simply to remove barriers to a level playing field. A recent study, published in Sex Roles, found that gendered labels on toys affect both children's color preferences as well as how well they perform.
To find this out, researchers from Hong Kong University presented preschoolers between the ages of 5 and 7 with yellow and green cards and toys. Color Survey Results. This isn’t just the effect of a couple spammers.
In fact, this is after the spamfilter. I weep for my gender. But, on to: RGB Values. Here are RGB values for the first 48 out of about a thousand colors whose RGB values (across the average monitor, shown on a white background) I was able to pin down with a fairly high.