Add Mobile Phones To The List Of Modern Tech That Could Make You Sterile
from the uh-oh dept
A couple years ago, a story spread quickly about how men using laptops on their laps could harm their fertility. Apparently, that's not the only technology that's a problem. A new study is saying that mobile phone use may increase male infertility as well. Remember back when we were just worried about mobile phones causing cancer? Of course, the study sounds a bit extreme. It found that men who spend an average of four hours a day using their mobile phones tend to have reduced sperm counts. The researchers behind the study say more research is needed (also known as: give us another grant) to determine exactly what's causing the problem: radiation, battery heat, both or something else. A different report on the study suggests that constant text messaging, rather than talking, may be partly to blame: "Sending text messages uses less power than talking but it can be a more intense emission of radiation... I've seen men on trains spending two or three hours continually texting with their mobile phones held in their laps, and they press Send in the same position when it starts to seek a signal." So now you know. Until further research is done, if you plan on having kids, you might want to hold your phones (and laptops) away from your laps.