Smartphones Have More Germs Than a Toilet Seat
More than a third of people (35%) have never cleaned their smartphones with wipes, a cleaning fluid or a similar product, according to the study done by Insurance2Go, a gadget insurance provider based in Portsmouth, England. “The average smartphone screen has been found to be more than three times dirtier than a toilet seat,” Sky.com reported, citing the findings.
One in 20 smartphone users was found to clean their phones less than every six months. For the study, researchers swabbed three smartphones — an iPhone 6, a Samsung Galaxy 8 and a Google Pixel — to test for aerobic bacteria, yeast and mould. The findings showed that all areas of the phones “harbor at least some quantity of each type of substance.”
The screens were the filthiest part of the smartphones, filled with germs which may lead to skin problems and other health issues. The screens of the three handsets had a combined total of 254.9 colony-forming units per centimeter square. This means there was an average of 84.9 units on each screen. The back of the smartphones had an average of 30 units, the lock button had an average of 23.8 units, and the home button had an average of 10.6 units.