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(This is not to single them out - LOTS of websites do this in one form or another - but it's a good example.)
By changing the font color and weight, I produced this Modified version:
Since I find the second one much easier to read than the first ...
My question is this:
It makes no sense to me to reduce the contrast that way.
If someone can explain the reasoning behind this design fad,
I would appreciate it very much!
For the technically minded,
the original specifies: font-weight of 200 and color of #2a2a2a.
My simple change is to: font-weight of 500 and color of #000 (or black).
Note: the same article also appears on LinkedIn, with somewhat better specs: a larger font, font-weight 400 and color #000000b3,
although why the reduced opacity is added I'll never know.
That works better (unless, like me, your default background is gray).