Your Phone Is Germier Than You Could Ever Imagine

In an epic battle of Phone vs. Toilet, BuzzFeedBlue investigates which surface is dirtier — the one we tap on to do business or the one we sit on to do business.

Dr. William DePaolo, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology department, compared testing swabs taken from the screens of BuzzFeed employees phones for bacteria and swabs collected from a toilet. The results were kind of crappy (sorry): The toilet contained about three different kinds of bacteria and fungal species, while the cell phone contained, on average, 10 to 12 kinds of bacteria and fungal species.

This is not entirely surprising: Our phones go everywhere with us, including the bathroom, meaning they encounter far more flora than the fixed-in-place toilet. What’s more — and perhaps more relevant — toilets, particularly the corporate office toilet used in this experiment — are cleaned regularly. Phones? Well, that’s up to the individual user. (And, in truth, we find fault in this study design — for a true understanding of phone vs. toilet, DePaolo and team would have had to swab each phone owner’s individual toilet, to —> Read More Here


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