Is it normal that i can't tell the difference between these colours?

So I'm talking with my friends and one of them sends a picture of something that to me, looked green and orange. I said that and they all fired back saying it was pink. Things like this have happened before, with me confusing red, orange, and pink. I can tell the difference when they're on their own, but together it's a lot harder. I'm fairly certain this isn't different but I thought I would ask anyway.

Tldr: is it normal to confuse red, orange, and pink a lot?

Is It Normal?
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  • Assuming your friends aren't just messing with you and the picture they sent you wasn't similar to the infamous blue-black/white-gold dress that made a huge splash on the internet a few years ago, it could be that you have a colour vision deficiency. There are lots of different types and varying degrees of severity.

    I just had a look for online colour vision tests, and the first site I found that wasn't trying to sell something was this one:

    I found the Farnsworth-Munsell 100 Hue Test the most challenging one there, but then since the results say that I'm moderately colour blind in several spectra, that isn't surprising.

    Of course, all the results from tests on that website have to be treated with some scepticism, since only professional-level colour-calibrated monitors will display colours accurately. If you wanted a definitive assessment of your colour vision, you'd need to see a professional who had the correct equipment.

    Colour blindness can't be cured, so if you are colour blind, all you can do is be aware of this minor disability and take account of it when making decisions about things like career choice and clothing. As I said, the tests on that site say I have degree of colour vision deficiency, but it's never had any noticeable impact on my life. The most common form of colour blindness is red-green, and that can cause problems for people, but I know I don't have that condition.

    In fact, being able to honestly say that you have a problem with your colour vision can be a minor plus. If a girlfriend or wife ever drags you along on a clothes-buying expedition, every time she asks for your opinion about something, you just put on an apologetic look and remind her that, unfortunately, she can't trust your judgement. This neatly precludes her ever questioning your good taste or blaming you when she buys something and then regrets it as soon as she tries it on at home.

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  • Maybe you have some color blindness?

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  • You're color blind.

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  • Colour blindness is a thing, yes. Not everybody has it, but many people who do have it struggle with the same stuff as you.

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    • I've had that test, and it's interesting what the article says about the high error rate and how it can't detect many forms of colour vision deficiency.

      I have no problems distinguishing red and green, so I know I don't have that form of colour blindness, and I don't have problems with colours in general, but I know my hue perception is a bit off.

      I remember being given the usual colour vision test in the Navy where there's card with a number formed by spots of shades of one colour on a background of spots of a different colour. I clearly saw some numbers, but I saw nothing at all on some of them. When I asked the corpsman to trace the number after I said I couldn't see anything, then I saw it. He ended up giving me the colour lantern test, and I decided that my main problem with the test that there was something weird about the pattern-recognition wiring in my head.

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