This Viral Tweet Claims All Women Have A Freckle In The Same Spot — And People Are Shocked To Discover They Have It Too
What?! Well this is what science has to say...
Well, folks, we’ve got another viral sensation on our hands. More specifically — on our wrists. You see, this isn’t another “The Dress” situation, where people are arguing over an optical illusion. Instead, this viral phenomenon seems to have people bonding more than disagreeing.
It all started with a simple tweet from a woman who noticed that “all women” have a freckle on the same spot of their wrists. Photos were shared as evidence of this claim, and many other people started chiming in online — and so, the next viral tweet was born.
The tweet, from user @aarynwhitley, simply showed four similar photos showing a freckle on the wrists of different women and read, “ladies….. u got a freckle on the middle of ur wrist or is this a myth lmao.”
ladies….. u got a freckle on the middle of ur wrist or is this a myth lmao pic.twitter.com/VpwkkeWKTj
— aaryn ✰ (@aarynwhitley) May 22, 2019
From there, the responses began to pour in. So far, the tweet has been liked more than 60,000 times and has generated more than 36,000 comments. Many began to notice a freckle on their wrists for the first time.
Okay wtf?! Now I’m tripping out pic.twitter.com/tlDmcI3JvT
— BeautyyBird (@beautyybird) May 26, 2019
Twitter user @Croline Hirons noticed she had it on both arms.
— dodie (@doddleoddle) May 26, 2019
Some thought they were an exception to the “rule,” but then they saw it. A woman with the username @KARISSAPUKAS tweeted, “I was like haaaa not me. Then I looked at my left wrist.”
I was like haaaa not me. Then I looked at my left wrist 😂 pic.twitter.com/zU0jHMcDWj
— Karissa Pukas (@KARISSAPUKAS) May 26, 2019
Others, such as @maddie_k15 couldn’t help but have a little fun and showed off their “wrist full of freckles.”
i gotta whole wrist full of freckles pic.twitter.com/iTybnggfqk
— maddie (@maddie_k15) May 24, 2019
And Twitter user @warner_parkes joked that this was “not a myth” because their dog had the freckle too.
Not a myth ladies. pic.twitter.com/9rUW5ztTJS
— Warner P (@warner_parkes) May 30, 2019
Apparently, it’s not uncommon to have freckles on your wrists, considering freckles — dark spots caused by overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color and more — are most often present in the areas that get the most sun exposure, according to Healthline.
According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York City–based dermatologist, it’s not surprising to see so many people have this in common.
“A wrist is somewhere people wouldn’t think to wear sunscreen,” Dr. Jaliman told Health. “Maybe if you’re on the beach, you’d get that area covered while applying sunscreen to your arms. But if you’re wearing clothing, the hands and wrists aren’t somewhere people would think to apply sunscreen.”
So, this could explain the “phenomenon,” although an article in IFL Science also points out that there could be an element of confirmation bias to this. According to Science Daily, confirmation bias is defined as “a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions, leading to statistical errors.”
Some reactions illustrate how easy it is to let confirmation bias seep in after reading a statement that’s presented as a fact, like the one in the original tweet:
Twitter user @xaelamarie wrote, “why do I feel like I never had this freckle until I read this tweet.”
why do I feel like I never had this freckle until I read this tweet
— xae 🦋 (@xaelamarie) May 27, 2019
And @asofronskii joked, “I guess I’m a boy,” since she apparently didn’t have the sneaky freckle.
i guess im a boy
— amber (@asofronskii) May 24, 2019
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from all of this — remember to wear sunscreen! So, do you have the freckle?