Dark is overrated. Unless you’re evil. Then dark may be more appreciated. There is Tales from the Dark Side. And there is Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad. Whatever your preference, it appears as if darkness has taken over the world.
Even Google has gone all-in on the dark side with Gmail’s new Dark Mode for iOS and Android OS. What I appreciate about the Gmail apps is the built-in toggle switch. Turn on Dark Mode. Turn off Dark Mode. But it does not require iOS to use Dark Mode.
How is that better?
Some apps look and work OK in Dark Mode and others– many others do not– and Apple has yet to upgrade some standard apps in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 to handle the darkness. Pages, Numbers, Keynote. Photos is fine in Dark Mode. GarageBand and iMovie, too.
Twitter? Facebook? Dark Mode is just wrong.
Gmail? Also wrong. Just like Apple’s Mail app. Why?
It’s that whole human genetic predisposition to reading dark ink on a light or white background. Just because we can click or tap a switch and everything goes from the standard dark on white to white on dark does not mean we should.
Reading email in Dark Mode just feels wrong. Reading email in Dark Mode late at night while your spouse is snoring and dreaming is wrong.
Do we dream in Dark Mode? I don’t think so.
As much as I prefer to edit photos or view photos or slide shows (they are not really slides now, are they?) in a dark or charcoal mode– fewer visual distractions– it takes little time while reading in Dark Mode for my eyes to get tired, and few apps are as tiring to use– even in Light Mode– as Gmail.
Let’s applaud Google for not implementing Dark Mode until Apple decided to do it first. After all, Google’s motto was once Do No Evil and evil is associated with darkness, so the company’s new internal motto– probably Do Know Evil— so Apple has helped the Gmail maker and search engine giant keep its true nature hidden.