Though your mobile phone may look shiny and speckless and you may boast the beauty and crystal clarity of your phone among your friends but get ready to grossed out by a recently conducted research which states that your cell phone carries 10 times more bacteria than an average toilet seat.
Still, you think your phone is as clean as it seems? The study reveals that a device with leather casing is more likely to carry the most amount of bacteria whereas the mobile phones in clear plastic cases are also prone to carry 6-7 times more bacteria than your average toilet seat.
Insurance2go, a gadget insurance company also performed researched to show how much yeast and bacteria do different parts of a phone collect. “Our testing found that smartphone screens harbored the highest amount of bacteria, yeast, and mold, with 254.9 units of infection present per cm square,” the company said.
It’s certainly dangerous and hazardous to health considering that we press the screen of our phone against our faces many times a day to make calls let alone touching the screen to operate the phone on daily basis.
Professor Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, was quoted in the report as saying: “Swabbing a smartphone is almost like checking your handkerchief for germs – you are likely to find them because of the close physical contact you have with this device several times a day.”
The study shows that the risk of bacteria infused phones soars even higher when you take your phone along with you whenever you go to use the lavatory. A survey reveals that 2 people among every five in the workplace carry their phones to the bathrooms.
If you are also in habit of taking your phone to the toilet during nature’s call, we strongly advise you to abandon this bad habit as it will only harm your health
Are you disgusted enough or should we carry on? The worst part of all of this is that the bacteria and yeast, and God knows what, is not only hazardous instantly but they tend you colonize your body and start weakening your immune system gradually.
Anyways, the solution to this is just one; clean your phone! The Insurance2go poll found out that only one in 20 adults clean their phone every six months or less. By cleaning we don’t mean rubbing it against your pants every now and then.
A soft cloth and a little spray of an alcoholic solution should do the work for you and will help you keep your phone clean and germ-free. Repeating this once a week should do you good enough.