Your cellphone has 10 times more bacteria than your toilet seat

Your cellphone has 10 times more bacteria than your toilet seat
What would you rather hold in your hand, your cellphone or your toilet seat? Before you answer, we'd like to tell you a story about a man in Uganda who contracted the deadly Ebola virus after stealing a mobile handset from a quarantined ward of a hospital, near the site of an Ebola breakout. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona says that while toilets get cleaned all the time, most people don't stop to clean their cell phone. Gerba also noted that cellphones pick up germs constantly and added, "I see people talk on their phone on toilets." Cellphones are said to carry ten times the amount of bacteria than the amount on an average toilet seat.

But the problem isn't the germs that get on mobile phones, but the sharing of the phones. The microbiologist said that without sharing, each unit would have only one set of germs which wouldn't get the owner sick. Toss in germs picked up from other users of the phone and you have a stew of bacteria. Being a phone, we put these devices up to our mouths and faces. Because they are electronic, we have a fear of cleaning them.

So how do we get rid of this threat? First, don't freely share your device with others. Also, the use of an anti-bacterial wipe could help clean up your handset and is gentle enough not to damage your phone.

So let's go back to our original question, what would you rather hold in your hand, your cellphone or your toilet seat?

source: Yahoo



1. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Does that we can leave our phones on toilet seats and still safely lend them to our friends to use afterward?

19. matt1q2aw3

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

"Well...goodbye cellphone in the bathroom" I prefer to keep my bathroom clean.

2. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Seems like I read that article 5 years ago...

3. McLaren unregistered

A door knob or a remote control is far more disgusting than a disgusting smartphone. Jerky & yucky hooray:p

5. Aeires unregistered

Drinking fountains are the worst.

13. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

False actually, don't you watch MythBusters?!?!?!?!?

4. alfiehp21

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

If only my toilet could have 4g!

6. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

All I've learned from this article was that the man from Uganda should have stolen a toilet seat instead of a cell phone. I'm not going to be obsessively wiping down my phone with anti-bacterial wipes just because I'm at risk of catching Ebola. I'm pretty sure there are other ways of me catching a virus rather than lending my cell phone to someone. And who shares their mobile devices? It's supposed to be a personal portal of communication not your home landline.

14. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

That was funny, lol

7. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Crazy scientist must clean his cell phone with bleach to kill germs that wipe cleaner is not going to germs.

8. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Oh sh*t....I'm always playing games on the toilet.

9. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

So if i have licked my cell phone, am i safer licking...?

10. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

What I learned from this article was that the professor at the University of Arizona is a weirdo. "I see people talk on their phone on toilets" That's super creepy o_0

11. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I'm already excited for the follow-up article where they explain how bacteria can carry the Ebola virus!!!

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Not new topic...

15. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

WOW,Talk about what goes around comes around, dang just goes to show stealing doesn't pay.

16. webOSlove unregistered

I use a microfiber cloth to clean mine

18. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

that just spreads the germs around evenly on your phone :D

22. webOSlove unregistered

Not really ... the fibers pick up the bacteria , germs , and smudges

17. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

People are horribly disgusting creatures. I clean my phones regularly since my first one 9 years ago. Why is common sense so uncommon?

20. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Common sense is, "The likelihood of bacteria on your own phone killing you is on the order in 1 in billions." Good luck in your plastic bubble.

21. eyad_996

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

But I get bored in the bathroom!!!

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