Cell phones have 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle

By on October 15, 2010, 3:40 PM
iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and pretty much anything else with a touch screen is likely to be covered in germs and viruses according to recent research. "If you're sharing the device, then you're sharing your influenza with someone else who touches it," Timothy Julian, a Stanford University doctoral student who co-authored a study on the spread of viruses, told The Sacramento Bee. That's not too surprising, but the extent of it is. British Which magazine hired a hygiene expert who then sampled 30 mobile phones and found that "Mobile phones harbor 18 times more bacteria than a flush handle in a typical men's restroom."

If you use another person's phone, 30 percent of a virus can make it to your fingertips just by touching the screen. If you rub your eyes, bite your nails, or put your hands to your face, the virus can get into your system. The information comes from a study from the July Journal of Applied Microbiology.

We're not saying you should stop playing with your friends' mobile phones or never let anyone touch yours. As we move into fall though, and with the flu season coming up, just keep the information in mind. Remember, there are plenty of other ways to spread the flu. Don't be paranoid about it; as long as your immune system is working, worrying about getting sick is probably more harmful than doing your best to use every single phone in sight while walking down the street.





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Guest said:

remember public phone booths? Nothing like getting sticky fingers and the smell of urine while making a call. now those were the days.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

This is something that might cause concern, bordering on paranoia, with the imbeciles that religiously watch the "Today" show. But seriously....DILLIGAF.....?

I say, "always use toilet paper instead of just your hands when you potty". That'll cut the bacteria down a bit.

Oh, and don't forget a good healthy squirt of "Purel", into your enema bag from time to time.

mccartercar said:

Interesting piece, seeing as how the last WOF was about touch technology.

Again touching is slow, inefficient, and imo only applicable to certain niches.

Should have been able to teleport a beer in my hand with my mind by now, but everyone is still just poking for now. /pun

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Not surprising in the least especially when people share similar to a TV remote or keyboard which for many households is covered in germs as they say. On top of that you can see every greasy fingerprint on the screen like displayed iPads at retail stores *shivers*.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

This shouldn't be too much of a problem, at least for people who have working immune systems. Now, E Coli in your hamburger, or Salmonella in your chicken, that would be a different story.

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

I hear elevator buttons are worse XD

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I hear elevator buttons are worse XD

So is buying a pair of Paris Hilton's used panties on Ebay...

Guest said:

but they smell so yummy

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

but they smell so yummy

I just threw up in my mouth a little....

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

but they smell so yummy
That's hot....!

tengeta tengeta said:

Our skin carries more bacteria than an entire toilet seat, these comparisons are ridiculous.

abe10tiger abe10tiger, TechSpot Paladin, said:

EW..... my phone contains germs... XD

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So basically I can execute a murder plan by simply placing some 'unimaginably contagious and dangerous' bug on my cell and handing it to the targeted person ...... hmm interesting thought.

abe10tiger abe10tiger, TechSpot Paladin, said:

So basically I can execute a murder plan by simply placing some 'unimaginably contagious and dangerous' bug on my cell and handing it to the targeted person ...... hmm interesting thought.

LOL! The easiest way to murder some one! XD... joke..

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Now Playing....!! >>>>>> "The Andromeda Stain <<<<<<

I think I'd rather stick to Paris Hilton's Panties (pun intended), than risk my life yapping on some smelly iPhone. You know where she's been, you can rent the video, but the phone no, no, no, no, that could have been anywhere.

If this thread continues any further, we'll need to have a hazardous waste symbol smiley, (with undies on its head).

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Hmm it seems like Captain don't really like Mid Summer Murders ........

Edit:

By the way captain, you make it sound like as if Paris Hamilton is an porn actress or something like that (although even if she isn't, she sure seem to have some talent for that).

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

By the way captain, you make it sound like as if Paris Hamilton is an porn actress or something like that (although even if she isn't, she sure seem to have some talent for that).
Actually, I wasn't joking about the video. Several years ago, Ms Hilton was filmed in a sex tape scandal. The tape was printed and sold as porn, over the counter.

Here's the Google search results on it; [link]

If you click on any of this s***, you're on your own.

As a matter of public interest, most women possess the ability to be porn stars. It's just they become increasingly disinclined to prove it, the longer you know them, and paradoxically, the more you buy them.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Don't Forget to Shake the Handle for Better Reception

Cell phones have 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle

With that being said, I'm going to go call someone on my toilet.....

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Not sure 'someone' would want to do it, perhaps if you get that handle installed outside of the house or something like that, it may be bit amusing but they'll be more inclined to do it.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Or simply throw their "D" batteries away. Quiet on the set, we're rolling.

license27kill license27kill said:

does this keyboard included too.. lol.,, obsessive compulsive

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

*Cell* phone... now that's a laugh... Of course a buttonpad contains germs, just like any public touch-zone that lacks cleaning. And as for the elevator button; germs are all around us, and when the flu comes round, wash your hands carefully and you'll probably be fine.

Zoltan Head said:

If anyone reading all this is inclined to vomit, be sure to use the big white telephone! Loved the Andromeda Stain...

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