How Much Bacteria Is on Your Smartphone?
When was the last time you cleaned your smartphone? Disinfecting your smartphone is not usually on the top of the chore list, but it should be. Apple studies share that the average person opens their phone at least eighty times a day, and people touch their phone an average of 2,617 times per day, giving microbes plenty of time to transfer from your hands to your smartphone and smartphone case.
It’s no secret that we carry our phones with us everywhere– even the dirtiest of places, like the bathroom and the gym. But taking your phone into the bathroom with you is like going in and not washing your hands. It should be no surprise that the average smartphone has 100x more bacteria than a toilet seat.
Just how serious are these germs? Studies find that the viruses and bacteria on phones vary from bacteria from the skin to bacteria that live in fecal matter. *queue shudders* Most bacteria on phones are harmless, but research has found E. coli, MRSA, Streptococcus, and many other species living on phones. Other researchers found that some phone bacteria could transmit antibiotic-resistant pathogen infections in hospitals.
We think this goes without saying, but it is important to clean your phone. To avoid putting fecal matter on your face, we recommend a daily wipedown, but there are also other options. Speck provides phone cases infused with Microban antimicrobial technology, which inhibits the growth of hostile bacteria that cause stains and odors. A stylish case that protects your phone from hazardous falls and your smartphone case from growing bacteria? That’s a win/win in our book.
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