I just read an article that made me do a double take.
The headline was:
“Your Cell Phone Has 17 Times the Bacteria as a Public Restroom.”
As a confirmed skeptic, this headline had me thinking.
Which restrooms did they use to test? Whose cell phones did they swab for bacteria? Who did this study?
The first two questions were not answered in the article.
The study according to this report was however, done by “EXPERTS.”
Obviously the study is accurate. Experts say so, and anyone who disputes experts is just anti-science! That is not me, I am a skeptic, but I have always been pro-science. Science is good. I like science.
So, as a pro-science yet skeptical person, what am I to make of this article?
I can only assume they took a fair distribution of cell phones to test, and they for sure must have tested public restrooms in an assortment of fine restaurants and also dirty spoon highway diners and gas stations.
I know from simple observation and my own practice that most people only use their cell phones to call or do research. They do not wipe their backsides with their cell phones, they do not pick up after the dog with their cell phones, their cell phones mostly just come in contact with their own hands.
Most people wash their hands a few times a day, and shower at least several times a week. You would think their hands would be relatively bacteria free. And yet this study by EXPERTS has determined that your cell phone is 17 times dirtier than a public restaurant. Not just twice as dirty, mind you, not 12 times dirtier, but 17 TIMES MORE BACTERIA ON YOU CELL PHONE THAN IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM!!
Since I am not anti-science, I can only reach one shocking conclusion. A realization that I would have never thought in a million years.
Public restrooms must be really feckin clean!
Thank you experts, now I will not worry as much as I used to when in a public restroom. Wash my hands after using the restroom?
The damn place is 17 times cleaner than my cell phone!
Haha! I usually just side with the experts, but if I was forced to get locked up in a public restroom overnight or a room with my cellphone... it seems like a no brainer :)ReplyDelete
I have a feeling that my phone is cleaner than most public restrooms and no I am not going to put my ear on the toilet seat in any public restroom. Just not my style. ;-)ReplyDelete
One of my old bosses used to say that "Ex is a has-been, and a spurt is a drip under pressure."ReplyDelete
The thing is, experts know a lot about what they know, but they can be incredibly dumb when they talk about anything else. . .
I’m not an expert on cleanliness but I think I know bull pucky when I see it.ReplyDelete
I don't know. There may be some validity to this. I can't remember the last time I wiped my cell phone down.......off to do that now. However how they come up with the number 17 baffles me too.ReplyDelete
Well, I have never seen a lump of excrement on my cell phone, but I HAVE seen one on the floor of a public restroom. I'm no expert, but I'm going to declare that your cell phone has 100% less lumps of excrement on it than a public restroom. I can't speak on the cleanliness factor. That restroom might have been otherwise sterile, suitable for performing surgery, as long as you didn't let the a patient with an open incision fall onto that one lump...ReplyDelete
I wonder if they came to that conclusion simply because of the sheer numbers of people who are constantly phoning, texting, playing games all day and half the night, never looking up, texting with one hand while eating with the other and so on. And then maybe those people don't think to clean their phones.ReplyDelete
Well, if the experts think I'm going to toss my phone in the washing up water they've got another think coming... lol.ReplyDelete
On this one EXPERTS ARE RIGHT. Did you know for instance there is more bacteria and germs on our hands than there is on a bathroom door handle? That is even if someone before you has gone to the toilet and not washed their hands. They meet you, shake hands, and pass on all their germs on to your hand which you pass on to the next person you shake hands with.ReplyDelete
An EXPERT scientist friend of mine says the germs eventually die on a cold door handle; but remain alive and multiply on warm hands. So we pass them on to each other when we shake hands, or pick our noses. That is why he suggests we don't shake hands any more, but we shake door handles instead. Each one of us should carry a door handle in our pocket and when we meet someone, we pull out our handles, and shake them with each other as a greeting.
Experts claim your kitchen sink is dirtier than your toilet, too. Maybe this means salmonella is worse than E. coli?ReplyDelete
I use Clorox wipes on my phone a few times a month, so I'm not concerned.
I probably wash my hands 17 times more than anyone and I don't take my phone in the bathroom if at all possible. I also wipe my phone with alcohol.. rubbing, not drinking... daily. Working in surgery and now this virus has me becoming OCD! Are we blaming Covid 19 on our cell phones? No more blaming anything on a toilet seat? It truly is the end of the world! Stay safe!ReplyDelete
For once I am happy I don't have a smart phone that is used all day long. I have no cell service here so I only carry a flip phone for emergencies when traveling. Can't remember the last time I used it. Now I understand my remote is pretty nasty so I give it, my mouse and keyboard a bit of a wipe down every now and then though now with incessant washing of hands that is probably over kill.ReplyDelete
I think you better not look up articles on the cleanliness of our tooth brushes.......ewwwwwReplyDelete
Hahahaha, GROSS! After all of this is over, most people will be germaphobes with all the information that is coming out. Just YUCK.ReplyDelete
Eh, the dirty little secret to that supposed study is that it tested for bacteria .... period. They didn't take the time to classify bacteria according to its relative infectatory (made that up, ain't English awesome?) potential. That is, they didn't discriminate between good, bad, and neutral bacteria.ReplyDelete
Oh, and that 17 times? That's based on a single-site sampling, not on total environmental bacteria presence. That is, there's a TON more surface and contact points in a restroom than the single point sample they took.
But they're the experts, so who am I to question?? ;-)
Hi, I found you at DougM's blog. You sure do have a great sense of humor, something very much needed right now. Aloha from Hawaii.ReplyDelete
Every item is only as clean as the last time i was cleaned. Clean your phone regularly, and it won't be germy.ReplyDelete
this is truly shocking reality to learn dear JoeReplyDelete
that is seriously worrying and just like you therefore i like and respect Science because they reveal truth and share without influence of politics ( well i hope so)