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  1. JT.

    JT. A glitch in life

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    If you're a male, you better read this:

    Laptop Usage Can Lead to Low Sperm Count and Infertility

    Laptops may be one of the most useful inventions in the world, even more useful than TiVo and Jiffy Pop. However, a quite frightening study was released yesterday that linked laptop usage to infertility in males. The study, released by the State University of New York, suggests that the heat generated from laptops can significantly elevate the temperature of one’s scrotum, potentially putting sperm count at risk. While the laptop may be making us more of a mobile technology generation and more efficient in the workplace, when it comes to bringing home the bacon and expanding the family unit - laptops may make male sperm count drop.

    “An elevation in heat has been known for years to cause fertility problems…and the heat from laptops is very localized, with exposure repeated often, depending on work use,” said Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, who led the State University of New York research team. The study, which included a sample of more than two dozen men ages 21 to 35, found that while sitting with the laptop placed on one’s lap, has the ability to raise scrotum temperature by as much as 2.1 degrees Celsius. CNet reports that heat from the laptop itself can raise the temperature by another 0.7 C, bringing the potential total increase to 2.8 C. Translating that to the English system, thats about 5 degrees Fahrenheit - gadzoinks!

    One question that comes to my mind is how many males actually do work on their laptops with the laptop placed above their scrotum? Personally, my laptop is usually on the floor or the desk or the coffee table, judging from the hordes of laptop users in Starbucks or other wireless Internet places, not too many of them seem to be typing away on top of the family jewels. However, I do confess that I have worked with the laptop on my lap before, which after about 3 minutes I did have to change position due to the heat.

    Dr. Sheynik does plan to take a further look into the effect of laptop usage on infertility and low sperm count. “Because our study found the scrotum temperature can go up significantly, we plan to take a more in-depth look at how laptop use can directly affect sperm production and quality,” Sheynkin said. Some fertility studies have shown that an increase in scrotum temperature by 1 degree Celsius is known to reduce sperm count by as much as 40 percent.

    Should laptop users stop using them? Is there going to be a huge exodus to smartphones and Tablet PCs? “Until further studies provide more information on this type of thermal exposure, teenage boys and young men may consider limiting their use of laptop computers on their laps, as long-term use may have a detrimental effect on their reproductive health,” lead researcher Yefim Sheynkin added on his website.

    “Devices or pads to protect the scrotum are not a bad idea, but these would need to be investigated and tested before putting out just another gadget for people to use,” Sheynkin said. “Depending on the position people use to balance the laptop and how close their thighs are, the scrotum temperature can still go up.” There are several “on the go” portable laptop tables on the market.

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  2. DRMARIO

    DRMARIO Controversial.

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    Oh good god..I always sit with my laptop on my knee :/

    OOh dear barbara..
     
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  4. JT.

    JT. A glitch in life

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    For 3 years I've been using a laptop on my lap... I hope I'm not completely dried up yet...
     
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    Squall7 A li'l bit different

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    Yeah, I know about this.

    Personally, I think it's better to be safe than sorry. I want spawn, err... Children in the future and so I'll always have a tray under the laptop if I have to have it on my lap.

    On the flip side, we are overpopulated at the moment anyway. Perhaps having all the skeptics not able to reproduce would be a blessing in disguise. Wonder which country would take the biggest hit...
     
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    zapasant Where is your god now?

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    0h my god!!!!!!!!!! im afraid now, ide better go check my sperm count
     
  7. JT.

    JT. A glitch in life

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    Maybe if we can change the heat into radio active waves, we could get mutant children, and it'd be like x-men! :lol:
     
  8. milliways

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    This is old news.

    Also it's quite logical to assume that anything that may generate unhealthy levels of heat near a man's testes is going to cause fertility problems. That's why they're meant to be outside the body in the first place.

    In other male health news: tight underwear and cycling shorts lower sperm count, and those hot baths and spells in Jacuzzis may be doing more harm to your little guys than you first thought.

    On the subject of laptops though, due to the amount of spontaneous combusting laptop batteries there have been over the last few years, anyone would be crazy to have one directly on any part of their body. Meh.
     
  9. blueovalboy7

    blueovalboy7 They call me Hammy!

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    Lucky for me I put my laptop on my desk or on my coffee table, very rarely do I put it in my lap.
     
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    You'd get radiation poisoning before you'd even have a chance to reproduce. Sex is difficult when you're dying and bits of your body are trying to fall off :wtf:
     
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    I am not good with kids so I dont mind.

    lol

    Reminds me of "fire crotch"
     
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    ^lawl'd at that.

    Is this for real? I was about to buy a laptop too...

    *reconsiders*
     
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    i dont put it on my lap
     
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    I also use a laptop, but I always place it on my desk at home or on a stable surface if I am out and about. I have never placed it on my lap, as I find it to be very uncomfortable. So I am not worried about that. Thanks for letting us know. :)
     
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    JT. A glitch in life

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    I can't stop myself from putting it on my lap... Maybe I'd better put something under...
     
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    Squall7 A li'l bit different

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    Like ice cubes or a cool pack?

    If you go with the former, don't forget to put them in a bag!
     
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    I normally sit mine on a desk, I also find it uncomfortable for it to be on my lap.
     
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    You could get a laptray, padded, but your crotch area will probably still get a bit uncomfortably warm. Just try to get out of the habit of placing it directly on your lap.
     
  19. JT.

    JT. A glitch in life

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    Now that has got to feel akward... especially if your using your laptop for a few hours...
     
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    Haha yea, I can't imagine ice cubes/cool pack feeling very great on the crotch area, though it is better than a lowered sperm count.
     

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