Could your dry skin be slowing down your laptop?

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Excuse me for one second, I just need to slather every inch of my body in moisturiser. OThat feels better. Now I’m emotionally and physically ready to type out this truly harrowing news. If you’ve noticed your laptop is infuriatingly slow, it might be becauseloads of your dead skin cells have flaked off your face and bod and made their way into your computer. Yep. Your laggy computer might be filled with your own dry, flaky, skin. Lovely. In honour of National Clean Out Your Computer Day on Monday 12 February (yep, that’s a thing), a Tampa-based news station, WFTS, spoke to Adam Silkey, a member of the Best Buy Geek Squad, to find out why so many of us are dealing with slow computers. He explained that alongside temporary files, old documents and games you don’t need, and cookies (the online kind), the number one offender for slowing down computers is dead skin.

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A lot of dust, food and other junk builds up in your computer and especially your fans inside your computer,’ explains Adam Silkey. ‘Those are what keeps your computer cool and keeps it speedy.’ Just FYI, a main component of dust is dead skin cells. Those clog up your computer and its fans, making it slower and more likely to overheat. Now, before you panic, it’s likely that you’d need to be shedding quite a lot of skin for it to have a significant impact on your computer – eating food over your keyboard is likely much more damaging. But if you happen to have dry, flakey skin, it’s something to be aware of.

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