Many of you will use a laptop in some shape or form every single day. Could clocking up all those hours and the way you use your laptop be having a negative effect on your health?
I have to admit that I haven't really thought about any possible health implications surrounding the use of a laptop and I probably use mine more than most. That changed recently when saw an interesting video on such a topic by the team over at The Verge. The two main issues they looked at were how a laptop could negatively affect fertility and the possible issues of exposure to radiation by having your computer directly sat on your lap.
The good news is that the experts interviewed mostly agreed that using a laptop did not cause infertility and the amount of radiation you are exposed to while using a laptop was minimal. They go on to say that the radiation emitted from a laptop was in doses similar to that which you are exposed to in everyday life.
While that sounds like a clean bill of health for laptop use, one of the doctors featured in the video did still have some reservations. He was concerned with the heat a laptop created while it was sat on your lap and how that could have a negative effect on sperm production. Thankfully, the addition of something like a laptop cooling pad would be enough to eliminate even this minor issue and for women whose eggs are stored much further away, they have even less to worry about.
With all medical advice, it's always best to keep an eye on what the current consensus on important topics such as this is. You would hope that as technology improves even these minimal risks to our health will become even more insignificant.
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