Many users eagerly await the arrival of dark mode to all instances of devices (whether desktop or mobile) and the reasons are diverse:
Due to the simplified and intuitive design (where dark colors predominate and, in the best style of old and potbellied monitors) to make, in appearance, easier navigation at night and in places where light is scarce
To test the novelty and see what all people are saying about such a configuration,
Others think that it will help them to have less eyestrain.
Google search TECHcetera in dark mode. Watch Dark mood Demo videos at kissaime
Whatever the reason, even Google is testing such a dark mode where black and dark grayscale are abundant in the search options. The above seems to have the purpose of validating if it is something that is really going to generate more comfort and traction among users, given the trend of other platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and the like.
It is not clear how extensive the test is, but some users have had the opportunity to experience it and, apparently, it has generated good comments about it. Now, dear reader, if you are hell-bent on trying Google’s dark mode and haven’t feared the opportunity, you can do so at your own risk in Google Chrome.
The steps to activate Chrome’s dark mode in Google are as follows:
Force dark mode in Google Chrome
To deactivate the dark mode, just remove the enable or activated option and return to the “default” or default mode and restart Google Chrome.
Everything is bliss with dark mode?
For many, dark mode is a marvel that, in addition to extending battery life (in devices with OLED-type screens), is a novelty that tends to eliminate distractions and, “apparently”, helps avoid stress. visual caused by the contrast between the colors of the night and the abundance of light or white tones in the traditional way of the interface. Despite the trend that attracts more and more followers to “dark mode”, there is a totally different vision that tries to show that not everything is so wonderful. These are some of the arguments in this regard that are worth taking into account:
For users suffering from vision disorders such as astigmatism, it may be more difficult to read white text on a black surface than vice versa, since in the case of a bright screen with white light in the background, the iris tends to close up a bit more, reducing the deformation effect (typical of astigmatism). On the other hand, in the case of the dark background, the iris opens to receive more light, the effect of the deformation increases and the focus tends to be more diffuse.
For this reason, dark text on a light background has a higher level of compression since white reflects all wavelengths of the visible spectrum. Thus, the pupil remains the regular size (without widening) in the clear mode, making it necessary to make less effort to focus the words.
There are many discussions about the dark mode, what’s more, in a chapter of DG / Tal Podcast we talked about it (from minute 1:57) and, even, among TECHcetera members and collaborators there were different points of view. If you want to listen to it here, just click on the embedded player below: Or you can listen to it on your favorite Podcasts platform (here are the links) Beyond the dark mode or the traditional light mode, sudden lighting changes are what tend to generate that feeling of temporary discomfort, since the iris must adjust to the new lighting without prior notice. However, the point where most experts agree is on:
The duration, which tends to be more harmful than the brightness intensity or the mode (dark or light) in which the device is normally used.
Thus, when using screens constantly and not blinking for long periods, the eyes dry out causing serious visual fatigue that can be accompanied by neck pain, headache and even insomnia. Moderation in the use of devices seems to be the key to enjoying good digital hygiene!