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There has been a lot of research on this topic since the 1980s and a lot of it still holds true today. One study from the 1980s states this: However, most studies have shown that dark characters on a light background are superior to light characters on a dark background (when the refresh rate is fairly high). For example, Bauer and Cavonius (1980) found ...


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Computer vision syndrome expert Dr. James Sheedy: "The best color combination for your eyes is black text on a white background, though other dark-on-light combinations also work well." SOURCE: http://www.allaboutvision.com/cvs/irritated.htm (independent source of trustworthy information on eye health) Personally for me light text on dark background ...


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For me, a dark background in a dark room or a bright background in a bright room is ideal. Bright rooms causes the eye to let less light in, making dark backgrounds and the little bright letters even darker. As for the dark room: being able to see the rest of the room is important for me to be able to look away from the screen now and then. Have a look at ...


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Two things that can make this an "it depends" issue are environment and visual impairment. Using an app at night might make lighter text on a dark background better. For example, I find it less straining (and certainly less annoying to my wife) to use a dark background reading e-books in bed). Someone needing to preserve night vision or security, such as ...


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You may be talking about strain and not personal taste. One thing I know, though, is that it is somewhat physically painful to look at themes that have dark backgrounds with extremely bright (high brightness and saturation) foreground icons/text. If you choose dark backgrounds, lessen the brightness and saturation but make it still readable without effort. ...


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People are naturally attracted to glossy items goes back to the human need to find water. By making something glossy you will normally increase the appeal as a result. Although I see what you mean by user experience but actually the eyes issue is down to other factors which affect the way the eyes work.


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The answer has nothing to do with UI. People buy shiny stuff regardless of usability, it is as simple as that. The idea that it provides better contrast is a myth. Transflective screens provide better contrast but they are not glossy.


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The reason why people buy glossy screens instead of matte ones is that the glossy screens show a bigger color range and the contrast is higher (the dark areas can show more details for example). It is however a downside to them, they reflect more background lights. http://www.tweakandtrick.com/2012/06/matte-and-glossy-monitors-clear.html


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My understanding is that the glossy displays had better contrast, and were therefore better for watching movies. I never liked glossy displays, though, since I spend very little time watching movies on my laptop. Interestingly, my LCD TV is not glossy...



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