There’s a dangerous source of bacteria sitting in your pocket. You touch it when you’re at work. You touch it when you’re eating. You touch it in the restroom, on the bus and when relaxing on your couch. It’s your mobile phone.
A recent study from the University of Arizona has revealed that your mobile phone can contain up to 10x more bacteria than your toilet seat. It’s a gross source of illnesses, skin infections and all kinds of diseases. And it’s on you all the time.
Experts from the University of Arizona have discovered that an average mobile phone has 10x as much bacteria as a toilet seat.
Smartphones Carry More Germs Than a Public Toilet Seat
At first, we were shocked to hear about this discovery. But on second thought it all made sense. Our hands pick up bacteria from the surfaces of many dirty objects and places every day. Think about it…
- Do you use your phone while going to the bathroom? Restrooms are some of the most bacteria-populated public spaces.
- Do you use your phone on public transport? Hundreds of people touch the bus every day, and you pick up all their germs.
- Do you use your phone while shopping? Gross bacteria from money can easily get to your screen.
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions… worst of all, if you’ve answered yes to 2 or all 3 of these, your phone is a breeding place for bacteria. Especially if you keep it in a cozy place such as your pocket. Germs are known to breed rapidly in such warm and dark places.
All this makes your phone the perfect place for bacteria that could cause illnesses such as the flu or diarrhea; but also some very dangerous diseases from pathogens like Escherichia Coli or Staphylococcus.