Well, it’s official. We’re all clutching public bathrooms to our faces. One UK study believes our phone hygiene to be so god awful, I may never use my phone again.
For the germ-woke, the modern world poses a heinous set of daily challenges. While we might have moved our effluent into pipes, and hand sanitiser is cheap and plentiful, we now have to face hot-desking, public transport and devices that require ours, and everyone else’s grimy fingers in order to work. Blergh.
The latter is a particularly towering crucible of muck, with the internet infested with clickbait that warns of bacteria, viruses and bubonic plague leaping off our pocketed glass and into our pristine orifices.
A recent study discovered that the smartphone (inclusive of the screen, back button, lock button and home button) were all more germ-plentiful than a toilet seat. Which, considering the amount of shit we verbalise through them, fair enough.
The difference, however, is galling.
The study measured in the number of bacterial colonies per squared centimetre. Your average toilet seat is around 24, whereas your average smartphone screen measured a stomach-churningly 254.9, which roughly equates all the toilets in that bathroom at work that everyone avoids.
The study believes the primary reason for the horror is that our phone hygiene is particularly poor, as they discovered that a third of pollsters have never cleaned their phones with cleaning fluids, wipes or anything to keep those microscopic interlopers at bay.
I mean, it’s your life. Just don’t touch me.