Constructors shouldn't start threads. According to Java Concurrency in Practice, by Brian Goetz and others (an excellent book), there are two problems with starting a thread in a constructor (or static initializer):
- in a non-final class, it increases the danger of problems with subclasses
- it opens the door for allowing the this reference to escape the constructor
There's nothing wrong with creating a thread object in a constructor or static initializer - just don't start it there.
The alternative to starting a thread in the constructor is to simply start the thread in an ordinary method instead.