How dark mode took over our screens

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by mood, Mar 17, 2019 at 9:06 AM.

  1. mood

    mood Updates Team

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2012
    Posts:
    11,369
    How dark mode took over our screens
    March 17, 2019
    https://www.wired.co.uk/article/google-chrome-dark-mode-design
     
  2. xxJackxx

    xxJackxx Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Posts:
    4,904
    Location:
    USA
    I'm disappointed it took them decades to get around to dark modes on screens. I'd probably have better vision today if they had it all along.
     
  3. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2010
    Posts:
    4,263
    Well, I embraced the dark side years before. A minimal knowledge of CSS was, and is, enough.
     
  4. Joxx

    Joxx Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2012
    Posts:
    1,455
    A light greyish/beige background with black, crisp fonts, as books have been doing for centuries; or as Wilders has been doing for years.
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019 at 2:56 PM
  5. Stefan Froberg

    Stefan Froberg Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2014
    Posts:
    618
    Those dark mode advocated don't seem to understand what's going on.

    It's not the screen brightness (or "whiteness") that makes getting sleeping difficult. It's the blue wavelength (or "Blue light") that
    that our electronic gadget screens produce that is the problem.
    Blue light suppresses body melatonin production. And Melatonin is a sleep hormone.

    So instead of going totally all dark, people could try just reducing the blue light emitted by our screens.
    For windows there is a little application F.L.U.X. and for Linux Red Shift that do the job.

    EDIT: It's not just blue light that suppressed melatonin production (other wave lengths suppress it too). But it's the wave length with most powerfull effect.
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019 at 2:42 PM
  6. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

    Joined:
    May 9, 2005
    Posts:
    9,489
    Dark themes are only acceptable on phones (and even then, I've only seen one good implementation), never on the desktop.
    Mrk
     
  7. Brummelchen

    Brummelchen Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Posts:
    2,762
    on android i use an app which sets a red overlay depending on daytime. but not at my desktop.
    for work i prefer light or white backgrounds, nevertheless dark backgrounds let colors shine more intensive.
    in the past dark colors were used for "special" websites with "special" content.
     
  8. Umbra

    Umbra Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Posts:
    5,356
    Location:
    Europe then Asia
    I use dark themes everywhere because I cant stand light and especially white backgrounds.
     
  9. Mr.X

    Mr.X Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2013
    Posts:
    3,484
    Location:
    Mexico
    Now I know where your name origin come from, you lord of vampires...
     
  10. Umbra

    Umbra Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Posts:
    5,356
    Location:
    Europe then Asia
    :eek::ninja::D:argh:
     
  11. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2010
    Posts:
    4,263
    While that may be possibly true, I feel more comfortable viewing a screen with a dark background than a light background. When it comes to reading paper books or newspapers with the light source behind me, I prefer dark text on a light background.
     
  12. xxJackxx

    xxJackxx Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Posts:
    4,904
    Location:
    USA
    The issue isn't about sleep for all. After decades of staring into white and light colored screens the eyestrain is pretty much unbearable. Dark screens greatly relieve the problem. F.L.U.X. and such do little to resolve this as I find the red more irritating than the white.
     
  13. Umbra

    Umbra Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Posts:
    5,356
    Location:
    Europe then Asia
    +1

    Even reading Wilders is a pain.
     
  14. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2010
    Posts:
    4,263
    No, it isn't :)
     

    Attached Files:

  15. Beyonder

    Beyonder Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Posts:
    314
    Cancer white like here on Wilders hurts my eyes. It's laughable that in 2019 there's no dark mode for 99% of all sites and apps.
     
  16. snerd

    snerd Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2007
    Posts:
    96
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    I guess because I'm old school at 63; I've never seen a dark theme I like, and many of them are unreadable!
     
  17. Brummelchen

    Brummelchen Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Posts:
    2,762
    Code:
    @-moz-document domain("www.wilderssecurity.com") {
    * {
      filter: grayscale(100%);
    }
    }
    or
    Code:
    @-moz-document domain("www.wilderssecurity.com") {
    * {
      filter: hue-rotate(180deg);
    }
    }
    :D

    note: need more cpu consumption - the better way is to style it directly with new colors
     
  18. DOSawaits

    DOSawaits Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2008
    Posts:
    463
    Location:
    Belgium
    There's no software solution for lowering the blue light, there's only 1 hardware method, the ON/OFF switch of your monitor. (if it still has one)
    Playing with Kelvin values has nothing to due with blue light wavelengths.
     
  19. ArchiveX

    ArchiveX Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2014
    Posts:
    1,426
    Location:
    Land of the Light
    I've never liked the Dark mode.
    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life...:D
     
  20. Alec

    Alec Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Posts:
    385
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    I think it has more to do with developers' current code editor preferences. I would suggest that the majority of developers probably code in dark mode right now, and if they use it for editing their code... they probably think "why not give my app itself a dark mode as well." Just check out a bunch of the code editors and IDEs, many of the major ones now default to dark mode...
    I don't think the blue wavelength / sleep better argument really is swaying anyone. But I do think the eyestrain argument may be valid. Anecdotally, it definitely seems that staring at a dark mode code editor is a bit easier for long hours. Or it could simply be that your eyes appreciate a "change up" so to speak. If most apps are black-on-white, then every now and then it might feel easier on your eyes if you switch up some other apps to white-on-black.
     
Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.