Did you know that your smartphone holds 20 times as many bacteria as a toilet seat?

Did you know that your smartphone holds 20 times as many bacteria as a toilet seat?
Sorry, guys, but we had to spill the dirty truth. Your shiny, precision crafted smartphone that you've been obsessing over? You're not able to see them, but its screen has up to 20 times as many bacteria than your average seat de toilette does. In other words, that thing's absolutely disgusting, and we demand you to get it out of our faces right away! Ew!

See, back in 2013, researchers from consumer group Which? did some bacteria-laden testing. They took 30 smartphones and tablets that have been used daily by folks just like you and us, then they took turns swabbing them and counting the amount of nasty per swab. The results are foul! One tablet left 600 units of the staphylococcus aureus bacteria on the cotton after each swab, and that's not even the filthiest one that the researchers dealt with! The worst tablet had a count of 15,000 units of enterobacteria per swab! Meanwhile, eight of the 30 tablets and seven of the 30 smartphones each had more than 1000 units of enterobacteria per swab. That's downright toxic stuff, folks, especially considering that the typical toilet seat has a staphylococcus aureus count of less than 20 per swab, and less than 10 units per swab of enterobacteria.
So, how come a smartphone or tablet harbour such abhorrent amounts of filth? According to the study, the reason is all too predictable - we rarely clean our gadgets, and when we do, we don't clean them properly. We also don't put much thought into the process, you know. A quick swipe on your sleeve is good enough, right?

Thankfully, the mobile technology industry has already come up with a solution for our collective germ problem. Corning already offers an antimicrobial Gorilla Glass to its customers, with the new ZTE Axon being one of the first examples of the technology in action. The coating is able to kill up to 99.9% of on-screen bacteria, at least on paper. Meanwhile, Microsoft has patented an UV light system that's able to automatically disinfect mobile device touchscreens, as well as the user's fingertips. Future Lumia phones and Surface tablets stand first in line to get this technology.

Of course, you don't have to wait for brave industry innovation to weaponize yourself against the army of germs invading your touchscreens. A pack of wet wipes and a sheet of blotting paper will do just fine in your crusade for proper hygiene. Just don't be lazy and use them daily!

To end this article properly, we invite you to take the Oatmeal's quiz, which, following a questionnaire, will estimate the amount of germs throwing a toxin party on your screen. Ray's got 1,348,200 on his iPhone 6. Paul's got 1,078,560 on his Galaxy Note Edge. Daniel has 2 million on his Meizu MX4 Pro. Chris's Xiaomi Mi3 is home to 1,123,500 germs, and Luis is too embarrassed to disclose his numbers. What can we say, we work a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it!

via: Daily Mail

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41 Comments

1. ander204

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

that's why i always wash my phone =.=

19. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

=.= so true. I do wash my phone as well.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That's why we need smartphones to be waterproof

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Waterproof isn't the same as bacteria proof.

13. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

lol if is waterproof, you can wash it...

16. Feanor

Posts: 1266; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Waterproof is the same as hygienic. If washing properly your hands removes 90% of bacteria there, imagine how well you can wash a phone screen with a smooth screen. I wash my Z2 and Z2 tablet regularly.

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I wash my Z2 as well whenever it's dirty. I think get a bottle of rubbing alcohol to clean your phone works better bc it makes your screen super clean.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Think i will get a Sony water proof phone for my next purchase. I absolutely love my new Sony Bravia Android TV. Much better than my last LG WebOS TV through I do miss its passive 3D.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

i use a Sonim XP7 and its take a bath with me two time a day!

3. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That makes me a little more comfortable about the toilet seat I'm sitting on right now.

4. carlemillward unregistered

Didn't Corning create some anti-bacteria Gorilla glass to reduce this number?

12. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Yes, it says that in the article....

18. carlemillward unregistered

Lol, did not read the article ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

39. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but glass is just half of your phone part (but if S6 use that glass for both side, that phone will have 90% less bacteria isnt it? )

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Do you know that toilet seats are actually the cleanest places in the toilet? That's because most of the users clean them up before sitting. So the headlines in this article are just a click bait. Watch out for the door handlers thought!

6. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Now all we need is a crappy advert for the Toilet (let = tablet) (The Toliet Tablet)

38. ShadowHammer

Posts: 188; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Oho ho, I see what you did there! I do notice a lot of people using their smartphones while on the throne at work, so maybe the ads could use material along those lines?

7. Iodine

Posts: 1469; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Did you know that without bacteria, our imune system would eat you alive cause it wouldn't have anything to chew ?

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Everything we touch has germs... that's why we have antibodies.

17. Feanor

Posts: 1266; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Of course but that doesn't mean that we perform open heart operations on fly infested market stands. Washing your hands properly when back home is basic hygiene rule. And washing the filthy screen of your smartphone falls into this rule.

9. buccob

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Not my Z3 Compact... I wash it occasionally with tap water on a bit of soap.

15. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

When you wash it with soap, is there any scratches or similar things on your Z3 compact?

21. buccob

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I use it with a Rearth Rignke Fusion case... it has a soft rubber side and a hard plastic (TPU?) back plate... I also applied the included screen protector that came with the case... Both the screen protector and the backplate of the case have scratches but mostly because of the plastic that my Wrist Strap has makes contact with it... but knowing that both are replaceable I really don't mind that much. My Z3 Compact's frame is intact, even after a couple of falls, it has no cracks, dents or scratches, but the glass on the back has a small noticeable scratch and many tiny dots that could be due to friction between dust and particles inside the case... In general my device look very good, I have a friend with it too and it survived a big fall without a case, though one of the Nylon corners of the phone has a crack on the inside... luckily no cracks on screen

40. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Thanks for the replay, good to hear that washing doesn't make the phone ugly.

10. buccob

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

My results to the Questionary were about 700K, but the questionary is flawed... there were no Choices for "Sneezing inside your Elbow"... only to your hands... Also there were no consideration to washable smartphones such as my Xperia...

14. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

But almost any healthy adult will be unnafected by this. I haven't had anything worse than a cold in since swine flu in '09.

22. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Whats the surprise? as i believe your ass is cleaner than your hand lol.

23. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Thank you for the info. Why I always use a clear TPU case, so I can use a disinfectant, such as bleach. The Hbv is able to survive without a host for extended time. Just useless info to learn about.

25. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

If I don't see it, it doesn't bother me.

27. gaming64 unregistered

So if suddenly there would be Ebola virus on your phone, that's ok? Do you realize that having a really strong virus or bacteria on your phone is as deadly as a bullet to your heart?

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