Like the name implies, “Dark Theme” within applications replaces all white or light-colored areas with darker colors and higher contrasting text. Typically, this is done by inverting colors, namely shades of white with shades of black. What many people don’t know is that this is not simply an aesthetic choice but actually offers visual, health, and workflow benefits, as well.

Screenshot of microsoft teams in normal mode (light mode)
screenshot of microsoft teams in dark mode

Many tech giants have adopted the Dark Theme option such:

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • iOS and Android

Because of more widespread use of Dark Theme, many applications are following suit in offering this option, so we suggest looking in your Account Settings in any applications you use on a daily basis.

What are the Benefits?

The main benefit of Dark Theme is that it reduces the amount of blue light being emitted from your screen. If you work on a computer on a daily basis, you may have experienced the physical effects of staring at your screen for extended amounts of time.

The most common physical effects of eye strain from blue light are:

  • Headaches
  • Blurry Vision
  • Watery Eyes

For many, long-term use of Dark Theme helped alleviate these symptoms. It has also been suggested by vision experts that you may sleep better by reducing the amount of blue light you encounter throughout the day – especially towards the end of the day.

Additionally, there is evidence that supports that Dark Theme will also save battery life if your device has OLED screens. OLED screens take less power to emit dark colors as opposed to bright colors, so this reduces the need to charge portable devices as often.

If you spend a large portion of your day looking at a screen, we encourage you to give dark theme a try.

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*The information contained in this article about dark theme is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about dark theme, a medical condition, or health objectives.

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