If you’ve ever been bored enough to mull over the question of how many calories it takes to make a click of the mouse, then the good news is that the answer has finally been calculated.
PHP Science World recently published a handy ‘convert anything to calories’ guide, that calculated the amount of calories burned through various human activities.
Anyone hoping that a hard day’s mouseclicking will entitle them to gorge on pies and beers after work it going to be disappointed, because each mouse click burns just 1.42 calories.
The author explains the science:
On average, 16.7 micromoles of ATP (Adenosine tri-phosphate) are consumed in moving one gram of muscle for one second. So, the total amount of ATP burned to move 11.7 grams of muscle in the index finger is approximately 195 micromoles (11.7g×16.7μ mol/g). There are 7.3 calories in one mole of ATP energy, so the number of calories burned in clicking the mouse equals about 1.42 (7.3/1000) X 195).
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However, all is not lost for dieters, as our sister site urban75 has the World Mouseclicking Challenge available to help you burn up vast multiples of those 1.42 calories in an orgy of competitive mouse action.