There are many possible reasons for hair loss, and there is also a lot of misinformation on the subject. As we all know, the Internet is great at amplifying misinformation. With that in mind we would like to address some of the more common myths of the day concerning hair loss… especially as pertains to technology.
A lot of health myths revolve around computers or electronics, and this one is no different. Because Wi-Fi is something people can’t see, it is especially susceptible to health myths.
However, there is nothing about Wi-Fi (or the way it transmits the internet) that directly causes hair loss. No reputable science has been able to prove a link between the two.
While there is no shortage of wild theories about computers and Wi-Fi to be found online, the reality is that this is yet another myth. There are no electromagnetic waves or signals that make your hair fall out. What makes this one seem plausible is the indirect connection.
Better Not Younger clarifies: “What is perhaps the largest contributor of hair loss in relation to screen time is the stress factor. Stress can come from numerous points in your screen time. Whether it’s due to the work on the other side of the screen, doom-scrolling current events, or even a tense conversation with someone through text, any of these can trigger a stress reaction in a person.“
There is no known causal link between hair loss or hair whitening and laptop usage. While many frequent laptop users may also experience hair loss, the most common cause is usually stress (as noted about computers in general above)… something often coupled with one’s work or with being a student.
So, using a laptop won’t cause hair loss or whitening, but stressed-out people who might have other bad health habits – and use a laptop – might have hair loss or whitening because of the bad habits. The laptop use is immaterial.
As you can see, most of the tech-oriented myths about hair loss are all things that are actually attributable to other factors. In many cases, the issues can be traced back to lack of sleep – and that is where there is a tie to technology.
Blue light from screens (whether from phones, computers, or TVs) is proven to interfere with sleep. And not getting enough sleep at night can lead to an array of possible health problems – including weight gain and stress – which leads to hair loss. But lack of sleep from other causes like insomnia, illness, or medication side effects can also cause hair loss.
Whether you use a lot of technology or not, hair loss can put a crimp in your day. If you find yourself suffering from hair loss, contact us for a consultation. The trained specialists at Austin Hair Restoration Clinic can work with you to develop and implement an effective treatment plan that is customized to your needs. To get started, contact us today.