I know that many find black backgrounds enchanting. I have a couple with dark background color. But that is only because I’m lazy. Eventually I’ll switch them to white backgrounds.
My ViewSonic monitor’s brightness diminished within a year of my buying it. But long before I’d often found myself frustrated and annoyed by low contrast websites. Especially those with small text and inappropriate fonts.
There are blogs can barely read and never linked to because of the eyestrain.
If your goal is to look ‘cool’ do what pleases you. If you want to be read understand that the big commercial sites have spent literally millions of dollars making sure that black on white is what most readers want.
Originally posted 2013-06-20 17:57:15.