For some of us this is going to be hard to read. Anyone out there who never played in mud as a child, avoids touching sponges, firmly believes in cooties, or suffers from OCD, it might be a good idea that you don’t read this at all. For everyone else, read on.
Every day you touch your cell phone. Other habits/activities that you probably experience daily include using the restroom, eating, typing at your computer, playing with pets, washing dishes, and if you’re like most people, all the while you are touching your cell phone. I imagine that no matter how often we clean our hands, through the course of a day our cell phones are picking up a good amount of germs. If your cell phone is picking up germs so is your cell phone case, screen protector, charger, keyboard, etc.
A Stanford University study found that a virus, when put on a touch screen surface, will jump to anyone who touches it thereafter. Just think about where this virus could potentially travel next. It could be your nose, ears, eyes, mouth or even a friend just checking out your new phone. Vow never to touch anything in a men’s bathroom? It could be worse says a British study. They found that phones harbor 18 times more bacteria than a flush handle in a men’s restroom.
As a child you learn to wash your hands after you use the restroom. A good parent in today’s society might find it useful to start teaching their kids to wash their hands after they touch a phone.