Is Your Computer Killing Your Sperm?

Is Your Computer Killing Your Sperm?

By Miles Holden on December 01, 2011

With all the radio waves, satellite signals, and WiFi tech flying around all over the place it’s a wonder we don’t all have giant tumors growing out of our heads. Sure, paranoid freaks sitting at home wearing aluminum foil helmets might seem a little odd, but maybe they’re onto something.

Argentinian researchers from the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Cordoba recently conducted an experiment to test how our little swimmers fare up close and personal with WIFI technology.

“After four hours next to the WiFi-connected computer, 25% of the sperm had stopped moving and nine percent showed DNA damage.

By comparison, semen kept at the same temperature but away from the computer showed just a 14% drop in mobility and only 3% suffered DNA damage.

Semen placed under the computer without the WiFi connected did not experience significant levels of sperm damage, the study says.” (

As someone who is basically attached to a wireless laptop all day, I’ve got to say I’m a little concerned for my sperm. Then again, I don’t really want kids, so I can see the upside of WIFI and its sperm killing ability. I have to ask, though, if that’s what WIFI tech is doing to my spunk, what is it doing to the rest of me?

Aluminum foil to the rescue!

Argentinian scientists aren’t the only ones interested in the effects of WIFI tech on sperm, last year a Canadian study concluded that wireless radiation causes DNA damage in healthy sperm.

Scary stuff, but if you listen to Dr. Robert Oates, president of the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology, the research is bogus: "This is not real-life biology, this is a completely artificial setting. It is scientifically interesting, but to me it doesn't have any human biological relevance.” (

Does that mean I can take off my DIY aluminum foil boxer briefs? Someone get back to me on that one, because I’m sweating like a motherf***er under here and they say heat is no good for your nuts. It seems like I’m stuck in one of those damned if you do, damned if you don’t situations. Maybe, I should just air those babies out, let the dice fall where they may.

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