Mobile Phones 18 Times Dirtier than Public Bathrooms

We’ve all heard the hoopla about how dirty public bathrooms are, or more specifically, the handle on the door.  A study has now shown that your smartphone screen is 18 times dirtier than a public restroom.  And to think that you put that up to your face!

I visited a bathroom recently that had a device at the bottom of the door so you could open the door with your toe.  My first impression was that this was only good for the healthy, strong, nimble, and well-balanced people–not for old people like me that no longer have it all together.

Quite some time ago, I tried the self-checkout at the public library.  It asked way too many questions, and after each question you had to push the next button.  This was all on a touch screen and all I could think was that I didn’t want to be touching this screen after a bunch of kids with runny noses had been touching it all day.

Those that are innovative, like Dan Barnes, use situations like this to create a new product and make some money.  Hurray for Dan!  Dan has created Phonesoap which sanitizes and charges your phone.

How dirty is too dirty?  We cannot ever be germ free.  I don’t think I’ve ever gotten sick from a public restroom or from using my phone or anyone elses.  Does all of this really matter, or are we becoming germaphobes?

The smartphone “is always warm, stored in dark places, so bacterias are growing on your phone,” said Dan Barnes, co-founder of Phonesoap, which was displaying its device which sanitizes a phone and recharges it.

Barnes said he got the idea after reading a study indicating “that mobile phones are 18 times dirtier than public bathrooms.”

via Smartphone apps multiply, but so do germs – Yahoo News.

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