Using a cellphone in the bathroom? Do people really do that? Actually, yes – men especially. We get it, bathroom breaks can become more interesting with your phone with you, but there are numerous reasons why that is a very bad idea.
For starters, if you’re carrying your phone with you at all times, including the bathroom, know that there are water and dirt particles lurking in the creases of your phone. This makes for a great, warm place to harbor bacteria which includes E.coli, salmonella, shigella, etc.
A study conducted by researchers at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has found that 16% of phones tested has E.coli bacteria present in them. This is quite alarming, and can lead to various health problems.
According to CBC Hamilton, another type of bacteria called C. diff was also found on smartphones and tablets at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. For those wondering, C. Diff causes diarrhea and even inflammation of the colon.
If you thought E. coli and C. Diff weren’t enough, a study conducted at Queen Mary’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has found that fecal matter can also be found on phones. In fact, the researchers found that fecal matter can survive for days on smartphones!
Flu viruses and staph
CBC Hamilton has also found that many phones harbor flu virus, as well as staph and gastro virus. These can easily be transmitted from smartphones and tablets, causing health problems.
All in all, according to all experts, it’s a very bad idea to carry your phone to the bathroom, especially public ones. In fact, even if you’re not using your phone on the toilet, if you carry your phone with you to the bathroom, you still run the risk of spreading bacteria on your phone, and from there, everywhere else.
It’s best not to carry or touch your phone while you’re in the bathroom and of course, to wash your hands immediately after you’re done and before touching your phone. Also, it’s a good idea to disinfect your phone regularly.