The dark mode theme in the apps have done away with the white pixels that gives almost zero screen time to the white screen. This dark screen to the apps is found to be very soothing to the eyes which creates very less stress on your eyes. This trend has suddenly taken over the youngsters and seems like it is here to stay unless a new update to it comes up.
Dark mode is a supplemental mode that can be used for displaying mostly dark surfaces on the User Interface. The dark design reduces the light emission by device screens while also maintaining the minimum color contrast ratios which is required for reading. It helps in reducing the strain on the eyes by adjusting the screen light conditions and offers comfort of using it in the dark environments. It is useful mostly to use the dark mode but not in the area where the sunlight comes directly on the screen device which reduces the readability. It conserves the battery power and energy consumption rate which enables the longevity of the device usage without the need to charge the device. The dark mode theme can be easily changed by pressing on the toggle icon in the screen which is placed along with the menu and app settings options.
The dark mode theme was very popular a few decades back when the computers were introduced into the market. The white surfaces suddenly started taking over the internet and then it again got declined due to the research done on the flat white screen. These research on the side effects of the flat white screen was conducted by business giants like Google and Apple who offers their product in the dark mode. And now the dark mode has suddenly become the new trend. The dark mode is the latest trend that is taking over the youth especially for viewing the application screens. They are preferring to use the dark mode apps on their phones, tablets and even websites and web apps. Why suddenly the people have started opting for the dark mode apps needs to be discussed in elaboration in the following blog.
Advantages of Dark Mode Apps
We have already briefly discussed the benefits of the dark screen or dark apps above in this piece of writing. We shall further highlight and discuss in elaboration of the advantages of using dark screen on phones, Pcs and tablets.
Some of the advantages of the dark mode apps or dark screen are :-
- Dark Mode Apps Soothing For Eyes
The dark mode themed screen or apps on your mobile are good for your eyes health as it allows to avoid itching, irritation, redness and swelling eyes. Apart from this bright illuminating blue screen can restrict the melatonin hormone production that causes sleep in the human body. Therefore the dark theme apps or screen soothes your eyes and provides comfort to your eyes in the night and also does not restrict the melatonin hormone to get secreted into your body. An excessive use of light on the screen can cause myopia (difficulty in the far sightedness).
- Saves Battery Life
The dark mode increases the battery life of your device or gadget. The dark mode is found to be saving almost 60% of the battery life even when the screen has 100% brightness. the dark mode theme has been introduced into the Android devices using the OLED screens while Apple is the next in using the OLED screens for their products. All the latest technological devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets uses the OLED screens. The energy saving is only possible with the pixel turning into black as it does not draw any power from the battery.
- Display is Presentable
The dark mode used on the screens looks very mysterious and interesting that keeps the readers highly engaged in the content displayed on the screen. While the texts on the white screen directly pinches the eyes of the person but the concoction of multiple color on a dark background can make the presentation or report very much interesting. It improves the understanding and comprehension of the viewer or the reader. When we present the different graphics, pictures and colored texts on a dark background or screen it makes the display more protruding and appealing to the eyes in comparison to the white screen. the colors pops up on the darker screen and people tend to choose the dark themes due to it’s health benefits. The youngsters who are always glued to their phone screens before going to bed can find solace in the dark mode as it affects the eyes to the least.
- Boosts Business Growth and Revenue
In the recent years we have seen that the business giants like Apple and Google have transformed their products into the dark mode. The products of their company allows the UI to be switched from the white mode to dark mode that depends upon the specific requirements of the users who are using it. Even the Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and other MAC or Windows products have switched to the dark mode for their users as it is soothing for the eyes. The dark mode automatically adjusts the pupil size to the reading screen and is preferred in the dark environment or especially at night.
The tech giant Apple introduced the MacOS in the dark mode in the year 2018 because the dark mode as they claimed keeps you more focused on your work and makes your content stand out. Apart from being good for the eyes it also highly preferable as it increases the efficiency and productivity level. Due to an upheaval in the market for the dark mode apps and themes the application and web development companies are getting more inclined towards building such apps. This is generating huge business revenue and growth.
Disadvantages of Dark Mode Apps
Even though the dark mode screen and apps are mostly preferred by the users due to it’s numerous benefits but irrespective of that it has few disadvantages to it. The dark mode may not be a savior in every situation and in certain situations it needs to be replaced by the white screen.
Some of the disadvantages of the dark mode apps or dark screen are :-
- Dark mode is useless in well lit environment
The dark mode is very beneficial to the eyes health and an individual’s well being but eventually it is not suitable for every type of environment. When you are trying to read in well lit room or in a room with sufficient sunlight the white screen is a good option for reading or working as it causes no damage to the eyes. While if you are working on your desktop or scrolling through your feeds in the smartphone during the night then the dark mode is best for the eyes as it causes no harm. Since the night or dark mode is heavily preferred these days that is why most of the devices are now having toggle feature to switch between the themes (light or dark). There is also a feature in some devices that it can change the settings to change the background mode in accordance to the outside light source conditions automatically. This is a modern UI feature which is to be updated by most of the companies in their devices.
- Dark mode can cause Astigmatism
When a reader consistently reads lighter text on a darker background often leads to astigmatism which is a syndrome that can cause blurred vision in the eyes. After reading texts for a long time in the dark background then adjusting your eyes to the outside environment causes an eye strain.
- Replaceable by Light Grey Background
Since the trend keeps on getting replaced time and again so therefore, we can rightly conclude that the dark mode screen and apps may also get outdated soon. Dark mode has it’s own share of benefits for the users but it has the high probability to be replaced by a more lighter color mode in the future. A person while he is working cannot keep on switching between the modes from light to dark and vice versa rather he would like to choose a more middle color tone for performing his tasks or reading. Though the people with minor visual impairments can opt for the dark mode while reading or working but they will also look for a long term better option. A light grey shade with dark black letters can get popular in the future which shall strike a balance between both the light and dark mode. It shall cause lesser strains on the eyes and remain more preferable.
Why White Screens Are Not Trending Anymore?
The dark mode apps and screens are trending these days and are talk of the town while the white screen in it’s comparison does not offer any such advantages. It rather causes the low secretion of the melatonin which induces sleep issues and patterns, insomnia and several health issues. the side effects of using a white flat screen are not only felt in the form of eyes strain but also physical strain causing lethargy during the working hours in the office. The digital eye strain that is caused due to long hours of using white screen on your smartphone or desktop is the real cause of dry eyes. It hampers the concentration, focus and work ethics of the employees working in an organization. That is why we see in the IT sectors the developers performs coding work on the black background using the colorful texts as they need to work for long hours.
According to the researched statistics more than 59% of the mobile or laptop users with a white screen complains about dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain and headaches. This reduces productivity and focus at work which creates drowsiness during the day time. Using white screen at the desktop for long hours can also contribute to physical illnesses.