Risks of Using Your Laptop on Your Lap

Even though it’s called a laptop, should we really be using it on our laps? If you own a laptop, you’ve probably used it on your lap at some point; you might even be even using it on your lap right now as you’re reading this. It seems fine to do so because its name implies that your lap is the perfect place for your computer to sit. We depend on this equipment that we use every day and your lap seems like an ideal spot to keep your laptop for convenience… 

But is it worth it?  

What really happens when we use our laptops on our laps?

After reading this article you can decide. 

Researchers have studied this topic and it’s quite possible that using your laptop on your lap can cause some problems to your health, making this topic worth paying attention to. 

Here are the possible issues: 

  1. Using a wirelessly connected laptop on your lap can be harmful to the reproductive organs. For men, when your laptop is connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, using a laptop on your lap reduces human sperm motility while also fragmenting sperm DNA. Donors who were exposed to a Wi-Fi wireless connection demonstrated a decrease in sperm mobility while also developing an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation. In addition to decreasing male fertility, laptop use can make it difficult for women to conceive by delaying egg production. For women who are already pregnant, using a laptop on your baby bump can affect the development of the fetus. Some researchers do mention further studies will be required to prove it, which is perfectly fine, but this is enough evidence for me. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a start to something that may come out negatively in the future – there is some truth to the idea. If there’s a chance it’s going to harm my reproductive organs, there is NO WAY I’m taking a chance and you shouldn’t either.
  2. Skin issues: long periods of your laptop sitting on your lap could burn your skin and leave discolouration. This is known as toasted skin syndrome, which is caused by the heat your laptop gives off. The bottom of your laptop can get very hot (especially if you have overheating issues) because it just simply doesn’t breath very well. Laptops are meant to breath underneath a levelled surface and your skin isn’t the place for that. When I used to use my laptop on my lap/legs, I would sometimes notice a red marking once I was finished with it and lifted it up. I didn’t even realize that it was happening at the time. That just isn’t normal in any way. Studies have proved it. A hot laptop on your legs could lead to damage to the skin which could eventually develop into skin cancers. Some laptop users experience overheating issues and their laptop may get very hot; if you are one of these people that experience overheating issues, you definitely don’t want to be putting your laptop on your lap because it puts you at a higher risk for problems to your skin health.  
  3. Different forms of pain: Ever experienced upper body pain while using your laptop for a period of time? It’s not possible to maintain proper posture when you use your laptop on your lap. After long periods of usage, you may suffer from back and neck pains, and you might not even know why you’re having them. Bad posture can trigger this. 

So now that I’ve broke it down a little bit, let’s think about this for a minute instead of jumping to a conclusion that it’s not really possible. Some say it isn’t a risk, but why take a chance? Your laptop is placed on your lap, it’s filled with radiation, and there are signals from everything that we use, such as microwaves, cellphones and other electronics. Suddenly, using your laptop on your lap doesn’t seem like such a great idea!

Why is it called a laptop if it’s harmful to us? We automatically think it’s okay to use it on our laps just because of the name. I think laptops should be called portable computers, but that’s just my opinion. 

In the meantime, I’ve put together a short list of ways you can protect yourself from laptop usage.

  • To protect your below areas, look into getting a lap desk. It keeps your laptop safe from falling and yourself safe from these problems. It fits easily into your bags and you can take it with you everywhere your laptop goes. This will help to protect you completely! You can also use your tablets on it, as well as a desk for things like art, or writing, making it a 3 in 1. This option is a good one if you don’t have a desk or if you want to sit comfortably on the couch. Why not get one of these?
  • Protection shield pad: This pad specifically does what it was designed to do! Full protection from radiation and heat and you can sit comfortably on the couch while doing your work. 
  • Unplug your laptop: Using your laptop in battery mode is safer and reduces exposure quite a bit as there won’t be as much electricity. 
  • Use your laptop on a table or desk:  this also corrects poor posture. 
  • Stop using Wi-fi: If possible, refrain from using Wi-Fi because it is the issue here. An ethernet cable will be a better option. Most laptops today don’t come with ethernet ports, but you can buy an USB Network Adapter that will plug into your USB port. If you use your laptop for long periods of time, investing in a desktop could benefit you as desktops have ethernet combability. Use your laptop only when necessary.
  • Watch the time: use your laptop wisely. Plan out what you need to use it for and take breaks in between usage. 

We can’t avoid radiation – it’s in everything we use! If this article scared you a bit, I’m sorry. I really want to raise awareness about this topic so we can remain as healthy as possible and we can do as much as we can to stay safe while we do what we gotta do!

Fido Internet Review August 3, 2019 – For Canadians – Ontario

I previously had Rogers internet and I wasn’t very satisfied… I left for a few reasons, but now I have Fido internet and you might be wondering if it provides a stable internet service.

The answer is YES! I give it 4.5/5. Here I will be giving you my honest feedback and I will continue to update this post so my readers don’t get left behind. So, if anything changes good or bad, I will be glad to let you know.

Everyone’s experience with an Internet provider will be different. My experience with Fido internet has been a good one! I have not experienced any connection issues like I did with Rogers and I am so happy that I switched. It has been working out very well for me.

When I had Rogers internet it wasn’t very reliable – it was slow, often the internet would just drop, the modem would reset and the amount of devices used at the same time on the network would make the internet connection very slow and wonky. 

I have been using Fido internet for 2 months and here’s my honest feedback so far:

Modem- All cables are included: power cord, coaxial cable and your ethernet cord. Therefore, no need to purchase any extra cords unless you are connecting more than one ethernet to the modem (there is room for 4 spots). There are no rental fees, and 0 % activation fee. So please be careful where you put it and take extra good care of it since it’s not yours! Oh, and shipping is free!

DIY Installation – The installation setup is very easy. If you are switching to Fido from another company, you will most likely have a coaxial line and you just connect that cable to the back of the modem. Plug in your power cord, ethernet cords and you are pretty much good to go. Once you have your modem turned on you will be able to continue the setup process on your smartphone, tablet or PC. Again, it is very easy to set up and so hassle-free your grandparents could do it with minimal complaining.

Wi-fi – Solid. Fido internet has not dropped on me once since I have gotten it. I have not experienced any slow speeds, and again no random dropped connections. I also have around 10 devices connected to it at the same time and it still runs fast, even when playing videos. Overall it runs smoothly with all the devices connected at the same time. The modem creates 2 Wi-Fi networks which is 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz. If the device you are using is a bit older it will only recognize 2.4 Ghz. If you want to get onto the 5 Ghz network you can buy an adapter that will get you on that network. I would also like to mention the lights on the modem really light the room up when the room is dark, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending where your modem is placed 😉

Internet Packages – Most of Fido’s data is unlimited so you never have to worry about monitoring or going over your usage ever again! That’s a sweet relief! If you are a light user, Fido also has you covered with a package as low as $35 a month which would be best for 1 user.

Customer service – This is one thing I really depend on when it comes to companies. If a situation occurs, I need to speak to a real person. I want to be able to understand them, and at Fido, they do just that! The customer service is so great! Most times when I call, my wait time is under 5 minutes. The representatives are friendly and understandable, making the whole experience stress free and an easy one. If you need to contact Fido, keep in mind a $10 fee may apply. If you are not interested in paying that, you can manage your account online easily and plus it saves you some time! Accessing your account on the website is easy and fast!

If you’re wondering what I generally use my internet for:  heavy browsing, streaming videos, and gaming. That pretty much covers it since the internet is a nice medium to connect to the world.  

Downside: It’s an older modem, but who cares? It honestly works just as good if not better than the newer ones. Contacting customer service over the phone may cost you $10.

Upside: It’s cheap, unlimited, great internet, reliable wi-fi at an amazing price! Fido is so much cheaper than most bigger companies. It’s just as good and you will save a lot of money!  

Back to School Deals Going on Right Now

If you’re a student, you may want to consider the offer that Fido has right now!  

Students will get 75u for $45 a month with no commitment. After 12 months you will pay $65 a month which is not bad at all and still cheap when comparing to other companies. I really like the no commitment – so if it doesn’t work out for you, you can quickly say cya. If you are a student, I would highly recommend getting this. Another bonus – if you sign up for select packages you will get a $50 Best Buy gift card.

Fido is a great deal and hopefully you won’t regret it. Your wallet will thank you, and you should feel pretty good that you did yourself a favour.

Check to see if Fido is available in your area! Go ahead, check it out for yourself!