The website GitHub.com
, though, does not offer dark mode. If you prefer not to use the desktop version, you can either stick with the bright white screen or use an external solution.
But why would you prefer dark mode on github.com and why developers in general prefer dark mode?
Nearly 70% of software engineers have set dark UI on their IDE’s. Although such number cannot be verified by substantial research (reference here), it seems that the number is close to being real. There are several positive effects of dark themes that cannot be ignored.
1. You can maintain focus for longer time when reading/working with dark mode enabled.
2. Dark UI minimises the “digital eye strain”. A term, nowadays, used when referring to a common condition that affects quite a lot of people around the world. It is caused in most cases by extreme exposure to screens and excessive use of computers, smartphones, TVs and etc. Its symptoms are headaches, blurred vision and blurred eyes.
3. If the your IDE’s is all dark, switching to GitHub.com
can be real painful.
One can argue that if you are a not full-time developer, but only a hobbyist, you don’t need to set up all dark since you won’t be spending too much time coding. However, the digital eye strain is not caused only by coding alone, but rather by starring at screens. Even if you work in sales from 9 to 5 and code for fun after work, you are still starring at screens for 10-14 hours a day. Which is a lot. Thus regardless if you are a senior, junior or hobby developer, the dark theme can be really beneficial for your health and focus.