Can Your Laptop Make You Infertile?

Watch where you put that thing:

According to researchers at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, there is a direct correlation between laptop use and increased scrotum temperature. In fact, hot laptops have been found to increase the temperature of scrotums up to 35 degrees above the normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees.

This increase has a well-documented harmful effect on sperm production, which may lead infertility. Other studies have found that heated car seats have a similar effect on sperm production.

Korman suggests using common sense. Meaning, if your laptop feels hot, don’t put it on your lap.

“Get a laptop desk or a laptop cooler — they now make ones that have fans in them. It’s common sense. If it’s hot, then don’t put it on you. Also, some computers are hotter than others so find out the specs before you buy.”

[On Edit:]  A reader writes in reply to my choice to run this story:

Is this on a philosophy blog in homage to Duns Scrotus?

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

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