Yes, exposure to Wi-fi apparently affects your sperm count

For many of us, the first thing we ask for when we walk into a restaurant is, no not water, but the Wi-Fi password. The internet has become so powerful that access to it is now available everywhere. As for the places it is not available at- we seem to walk away from them.

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Nevertheless, it’s high time to reverse this attitude because the Wi-Fi is said to have devastating effects on our bodies. In fact these effects can go as far as causing a decline in our population. The very technology that connects the world might one day be the end of it.

A study by Reuters health suggests that wireless communication indeed severely affects sperm which will eventually have an impact on fertility. The semen sample of 29 healthy male volunteers were taken and placed in closed proximity to a Wi-Fi enabled laptop and the results were shocking to see the least. 25% of the sperm was no longer active with 9% showing DNA damage. In contrast, samples placed near a laptop with its Wi-Fi connection switched off had no effect. The cause of this difference is the radiation that is generated by wireless communication. Further proof lies in the fact that 1 in 6 couples in the US suffer from difficulties in conceiving and more often than not it is attributed to infertility in men. The US is heavily reliant on Wi-Fi and this concerns us because our dependence on wireless internet is rapidly increasing as the days go by.

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Scientists however suggest that limiting use to 4 hours a day will minimize any kind of risks. But can we really go back to being so independent from the clutches of Wi-Fi? Is it possible to switch the router off for a couple of hours without going ballistic? We sure hope so!

Dear gentlemen, let this be a lesson. Try decreasing your dependency on Wi-Fi and probably switching back to good old broadband internet perhaps?  Another thing you can do is, use mobile data instead and connect your phone’s data to the laptop. If you aren’t at work and you want to watch a few movies, either have them streamed when you are not at home, and turn the Wi-Fi off when you return home!

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Irfan Aziz

Irfan Aziz is a final year Economics student. He is a pug enthusiast who loves looking at memes, writing and sketching(not as much as he would want to).

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