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Smartphones & Tablets May Contain More Germs Than a Toilet Seat
Given the direct contact that a toilet seat has with a human derriere and body waste that is expelled into a toilet, it is hard to imagine that high tech gadgets such as smartphones and tablets can contain more germs than it by comparison. However, that is exactly what a watchdog group is claiming.
How is that possible? The group says that the widespread use of those gadgets leads people to take them directly into the bathroom and use the device at a time when they're hands become compromised. Also, to be quite honest, many people have poor hygiene and do not properly wash their hands following a trip to the loo.
In a study the watchdog group conducted using 30 tech gadgets, they found that the smartphones contained 140 units of Staphylococcus aureus on average. Now, comparatively, an office toilet seat contains 20 units of the same bacteria. The study found that one computer keyboard contained 600 units of the same food poisoning inducing bacteria.
The devices which more and more people hold dear are coming into contact with lots of hands and the hygiene habits of those hands aren't even questionable; they're definitely unsanitary according to the findings.
According to this website, these are the top 10 germ infested places in your home:
Places in your Home that may be Germ Infested:
- Toilet bowl: 3.2 million bacteria/square inch
- Kitchen drain: 567,845 bacteria/square inch
- Sponge or counter-wiping cloth: 134,630 bacteria/square inch
- Bathtub, near drain: 119,468 bacteria/square inch
- Kitchen sink, near drain: 17,964 bacteria/square inch
- Kitchen faucet handle: 13,227 bacteria/square inch
- Bathroom faucet handle: 6,267 bacteria/square inch
- Bathroom sink, near drain: 2,733 bacteria/square inch
- Pet food dish, inside rim: 2,110 bacteria/square inch
- Kitchen floor, in front of sink: 830 bacteria/square inch
Smartphones and toilets germs