Apple’s newly updated iOS 13 has a dark mode. Android 10 has a dark mode. Windows 10, macOS Mojave, Chrome, Firefox, Gmail. Everywhere you can see the dark mode. It makes an injustice to see black text on a white background for years.
However, not everyone loves dark mode for the benefits above. Many unconscious users love the dark mode just because of the crowd effect, or because it’s weird.
Users believe that using dark mode will save more battery. But how much battery saving? According to iFix, the amount of battery saved is not too much. It only lasted about 1 hour for day with an OLED screen.
If a smartphone user does not have an OLED screen, no battery percentage will be saved. However, not many people know this. Users think that every night is to save battery.
Many others believe that the dark mode makes the eyes more comfortable. But this is not true. Adam Engst from tech site TidBits says that seeing white text on a black background for hours makes him more tired than usual.
In one study, Motherboard showed that looking at white text on a black background increases the risk of astigmatism because users will have to squint more to see.
Besides, many studies show that black and white background is the most readable mode. In a test by Passau University, readers reading black text on a white background detect more errors and read faster than dark mode.
Many users find that dark mode looks better. This is considered to be aesthetically pleasing. But it is only a matter of trend. 10 years later will this trend continue to be popular?