I'm sure almost everyone has internally faced this dilemma on some sort of scale.

Perhaps not.

Basically I want to see who is wearing gloves or growing their own man-leather.

I started lifting in high school and never bought gloves or saw anyone using them. I simply thought it was the "way to go" at the time and it just became a habit. I borrowed (and cleaned) a pair from a friend to try it for a day. I started one lift and took them off once my hands hit the bar. I just don't like the feeling of something else in between me and the weight I suppose.