The news is abuzz about a new study that correlates high cell phone usage and low sperm count. Science 101 teaches us that correlation does not mean causation, but causation sells more papers than correlation, so the headlines are about cell phone usage causing low sperm counts.
The study was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in New Orleans. The research team from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation tested the sperm of 364 men who were being treated at fertility clinics in Mumbai, India.
Researchers found that men who used a cell phone for four hours or more a day had fewer sperm and those they had moved less well and were of poorer quality.
More research is definitely needed and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions. I’ve seen some pretty crazy stuff on the Internet, but generally when a guy is on the phone, the phone isn’t in a location that could cause low sperm counts. A larger study with a more diverse sample would be a good next step.
We many even find out that it is the low sperm count that leads to higher cell phone usage and the next thing we know, cell providers are marketing to us based on our medical records.
Until then, less cell phone use is always a good thing, especially whey one is near me in public or driving while I am driving.