Mobile phones are disgustingly filthy: Study
Jane Stevenson
December 3, 2018
December 3, 2018 8:39 PM EST
The Snapchat log-in page is displayed on a mobile phone.Robyn Beck / Getty Images / Files
That really bad habit of checking your e-mails in the bathroom may magically stop after you read this disgusting bit of news.
A new study by a company called Initial Washroom Hygiene found the average mobile phone is seven times dirtier than a toilet seat, reports the Daily Mail.
But wait it gets worse.
Apparently, phones with leather cases have 17 times more germs than one would find on a toilet seat and smartphones with plastic cases are six times dirtier than your porcelain throne.
Initial Washroom Hygiene used a handheld device which lights up surface germs and found that toilet seats had 220 spots while the average mobile phone had 1,479.
Their study looked at 50 phones.
University of Aberdeen emeritus professor of bacteriology Hugh Pennington told the Daily Mail: “There will be norovirus on phones at this time of year but the bugs on smartphones will probably be people’s own bacteria so the likelihood of passing on disease is low. However, it might be ill-advised to pass smartphones around between people.”
Experts believe the devices become so filthy in the first place because mobile phone users take them into the bathroom where they become susceptible to the same germs on toilet seats and handles.
The company surveyed 2,000 people but only 40% would come clean, so to speak, about using their phone in the bathroom at work.
And, of those, only 20% cent sanitized their phone after taking it with them to the toilet.
Bottom line: Separate your phone from your bathroom break or suffer the consequences.