Yes you read that title correctly, according to a study in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility states that men who use their laptop on, well, their laps, could be affecting their sperm quality. That statement is taken from Reuters. Reuters also goes on to say:
“In the study, thermometers were used to measure the temperature of the scrotums of 29 young men balancing a laptop on their knees. Even with a lap pad under the computer, the men’s scrotums overheated quickly.”
Yelim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook who led the study published in Fertility and Sterility is quoted as saying, “Millions and millions of men are using laptops now, especially those in the reproductive age range. Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don’t feel it.”
Sheynkin also goes on to state that just raising the temperature of the scrotum one degree Celsius is all that it takes to cause damage to sperm. After one hour holding a laptop on your lap, can raise the scrotal temperature 2.5 degrees Celsius.
“I wouldn’t say that if someone starts to use laptops they will become infertile,” Sheynkin told Reuters Health, though he warned that frequent use might contribute to reproductive problems because “the scrotum doesn’t have time to cool down.”
When the men sat with their legs spread wide — made possible only by placing the computer on a large lap pad — they could keep their testicles cooler. But it still took less than 30 minutes before they began overheating.
“No matter what you do, even with the legs spread wide apart, the temperature is still going to be higher than what we call safe,” said Sheynkin.
I will attempt to keep you all informed of new updates about the study, until then this is Digital Maniac.