There Are Different Ways to Write an X?


Michael Navas & Diego Cisneros, Writers

Just recently, an interesting tweet appeared on Twitter.

The tweet discussed the differences in the way people draw their X’s. As pictured at the bottom of the article, these are the 8 probabilities of how someone could draw the letter X. The highlighted arrow is how people draw their first line, and the black arrow shows how people draw the second line.

Initially, we never considered the possibility that people could draw their X’s in so many different ways. We sought to answer “How do HMSA students draw their X’s?” and how many differences exist. To test this, we asked different students to draw an X, and recorded the figure they drew. We did not tell them why they had to draw an X and left them confused in order to obtain unaltered data. We wanted to know how people naturally drew the letter X without knowing of the experiment, or outside influences. We asked 46 people, including students, and even three teachers. These are our results we received:

Figure Results
Figure 1 0
Figure 2 0
Figure 3 0
Figure 4 0
Figure 5 3
Figure 6 1
Figure 7 37
Figure 8 7

The results are in! Based on the data, it seemed that most students drew their X’s according to Figure 7 or 8, while only a total of 4 students’ X’s resembled Figure 5 or 6.

You may ask yourself, “Why talk about how people draw their X’s?” Why not? This practically a science experiment with another utterly silly subject matter, regarding how people differ from each-other. At least now, you walk away knowing more about the letter X than you had before. You now know that more people draw Figure 7 X’s more than Figure 8 X’s. Reportedly, Mrs. Morris and Mr. Mercado draw a Figure 7, while Mr. Duran and Mrs. January draw a Figure 8! Pretty interesting, huh? Interestingly enough, based on the original Twitter post, people in the United States tend to draw Figure 7 and 8 X’s while those in the United Kingdom tend to draw Figure 5 and 6 X’s.

After we received our data, we told some of the students about our data and results. They responded with the following:

“It’s just an X, not important.” says Ashley A, a Freshman at HMSA.

If you didn’t get interviewed since we only polled a small minority, try it out for yourself and leave a comment below on this article of what figure X you draw!