Why pink is popular for girls

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When finding a present for a friend, pink is for girls and blue is for boys (stereotype). According to a study in 2007(performed by Anya Hurlbert and Yazhu Ling at neuroscientists at Newcastle University), women may be biologically programmed to prefer redder shades while men prefer blue-green shades.

 The participants of this experiment were displayed a screen with different colors and were asked to pick their preference. Hurlbert and Ling found that most people prefer blue, but women picked rather reddish-purplish shades while men preferred dark blue-greenish shades.

With these results, Ling surmises that the color preference and discriminating green for red could have evolved from sex-specific labor roles: while men hunted, women gathered so they had to spot ripe berries and fruits. Another speculation was that women were caregivers and had to be sensitive to a child with a disease or so, whose faced could be flushed red. 

From this scientists are now thinking that this maybe the reason why a woman’s retina (layer of tissue on eye) is thinner than a man’s. Also, in a woman’s eye there are more photoreceptors than men, which are prone to reddish colors.

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2 thoughts on “Why pink is popular for girls

  1. 幾つになっても、ピンクは好きだよね〜。おばあちゃん見ていて納得するよ。

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