You wouldn’t walk around holding a toilet seat to your face, but by doing something as simple as calling your mum, you’re doing the equivalent – and then some.
That’s because according to a new study, the average mobile phone is seven times dirtier than a toilet seat. On the plus side, at least they aren’t as filthy as office teabags.
Phones wrapped in leather cases are the worst offenders, but even wipe-clean plastic ones are around six times grimier than your average throne. Frankly, it’s a miracle we’re all still alive.
Loo experts at Initial Washroom Hygiene swabbed 50 mobile phones to compare the level of live microbes against your average porcelain. While the toilet seat contained 220 bacteria ‘bright spots’, the average for a plastic case phone was a vomit-inducing 1,479.
The toilet seat makes for a fitting comparison, because experts reckon scrolling through Instagram on your loo break is to blame.
In a survey of 2,000 people, 40 per cent admitted using their smartphone in the bathroom at work. However, only 20 per cent said they cleaned it afterwards.
“Swabbing a smartphone is almost like checking your handkerchief for germs – you are likely to find them because of the close physical contact you have with this device several times a day,” Professor Hugh Pennington, bacteriology expert at the University of Aberdeen, told the Daily Mail.
“There will be norovirus on phones at this time of year but the bugs on smartphones will probably be people’s own bacteria so the likelihood of passing on disease is low. However, it might be ill-advised to pass smartphones around between people.”
If you really can’t bear to ditch your phone on the throne, do yourself a solid and buy some alcohol wipes.