It’s a bad habit that many of us have, and it’s actually a lot riskier than most of us think. Using our phones while we’re on the toilet may seem to make sense — we finally have a few minutes of peace to check our texts and surf the net — but it’s actually quite dangerous. Here’s why.
It’s common knowledge that washrooms are full of germs and bacteria, especially public restrooms. At home the risks are low, particularly if we clean the bathroom regularly. But in public facilities there’s no way to know just how clean the toilet and surrounding furnishings are. They may look clean, but every flush of a toilet sends microscopic germs and excrement into the air which eventually land on the surrounding walls and fixtures. Even if you wash your hands, you could still pick up bacteria from the faucet or door handle.
These germs can transmit salmonella, E. Coli, and other infections. When we use our phones in this environment, they essentially become extensions of our hands. The only difference is that we don’t wash them before we leave.
According to a study from the University of Arizona, 9 phones out of 10 were found to be carrying disease-causing bacteria and 16% of them had invisible traces of excrement! Considering that germs also multiply, these results are truly disturbing… and disgusting.
So from now on, leave your phone in your pocket or bag when you go to washroom. And don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly when you’re finished to avoid all those nasty, invisible germs.