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

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 much bacteria than your average seat de toilette...
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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: 1365; 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: 3723; 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: 204; 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: 1480; 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: 1365; 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: 2968; 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: 2968; 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: 2968; 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: 1245; 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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