Social media users have debated what numbers are in the image
In the grand tradition of Laurel or Yanny and The Dress, another illusion has swept social media, and users can’t agree on an answer.
Twitter user @benonwine posted the optical illusion on his page on February 16 and asked his followers what number they saw in the picture.
This was enough to trigger a jumble of responses with over 5,300 responses and wildly different responses.
But what can you see in the picture?
Numerical optical illusion creates confusion
The image shows a circle with a black and white zigzag pattern with numbers hidden inside the circle.
The alternating zigzags give the impression that the image is moving, resulting in the optical illusion.
User Benonwine asked his followers: “See a number?
“If so, which number?”
“Should I make an appointment with my GP?”
The images have sparked lively debate on Twitter, with some users reporting on their vision as a result of the challenge.
They said, “45 283… and what’s the catch? Should I make an appointment with my GP?”
Another said: “I can only see 528. Does that say anything about my eyesight?”
Former Olympian Sharron Davies MBE also joined the debate, stating that she can see 15283
Besides these answers, others say that the number in the picture is 3452839.
This answer seems correct – changing the contrast on the image makes the numbers 3452839 appear much clearer.
Users have also used methods such as B. Slowly scrolling down her notification center on her phone to blur the image to see the numbers.
How does an optical illusion work?
The number image is just one of many optical illusions that have caused a sensation on social media in recent years.
The most famous viral image was the infamous dress, which had people arguing about whether the garment was blue and black or white and gold.
The Queensland Brain Institute says that confusion from images like this is the result of a disconnect between the brain and our eyes.
They said: “Optical illusions occur when our brains and eyes try to talk to each other in simple language, but the interpretation gets a bit muddled.
“Like it thinks Our eyes told him something was moving, but that’s not what the eyes do meant to tell the brain.”
This means that static images can often appear as if they are moving.
However, it’s not clear why these misunderstandings arise, and the institute adds: “Many scientists have worked very hard for many years to understand how optical illusions work.
“But the truth is that in many cases we still don’t know exactly how our brains and eyes work together to create these illusions.
“We know that information our eyes gather takes a long, complicated journey when it gets to the brain. Some of the confusion happens early on in this journey. Other optical illusions can only be explained by really complicated processes later on in this journey.”