Computers make Japanese men bald!


Baldies, how long do you spend per day on a computer? graph of japanese statisticsThe JHMA, Japan HeadTherapy Master Association, performed a scalp and hair condition investigation and awareness survey, and the results of these were published by


59 men with thinning hair and 58 men without thinning hair were selected by some means for a professional examination of their scalp and hair condition, and also to answer some questions regarding hair care.

Despite my headline, it would be rash, of course, to simply conclude that since people with thinning hair spend longer on average per day on a computer, it is the computer use that is making them that way. It could just as easily be more stress from a longer work day, worse eating habits due to a long work day, snacking in front of the computer, missing out on sleep, or a hundred and one other possible causes that one could come up with.

Furthermore, I didn’t know that massaging conditioner all the way in was bad! I’ll have to fix that from tonight

Research results

First of all, the hardness (lack of suppleness or moisture?) of the scalps of the men under investigation was measured by professionals from the JHMA, and the results presented split by balding and not balding men.

Hardness of scalp

 Thinning hair
Not thinning hair
Very hard scalp25%0%
Hard scalp34%31%
Normal scalp14%27%
Soft scalp20%33%
Very soft scalp7%9%

Q1: How long on average do you spend per day in front of a computer? (Sample size=117)

 Thinning hair
Not thinning hair
12 hours or more44%31%
7 to 11 hours27%22%
4 to 7 hours20%31%
Less than 4 hours8%16%

Q2: How long on average do you spend between first applying shampoo until rinsing it off? (Sample size=59, thinning hair)

Less than two minutes27%
Two to three minutes19%
Three to four minutes37%
More than four minutes17%

The shorter the time the better, as shampoo may dry out the hair and scalp.

Q3: How often do you massage conditioner, treatment down to your scalp? (Sample size=59, thinning hair)

Usually do it36%
Sometimes do it13%
Don’t do it much24%
Don’t do it at all27%

The less often the better, as conditioner or treatment may damage the scalp.

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1 Comment »

  1. Anon said,
    November 19, 2012 @ 18:19

    Completely unscientific.

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