Your Smartphone ’10 Times Dirtier Than Toilet’

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 16:  A visitor tries out an Apple iPhone 7 on the first day of sales of the new phone at the Berlin Apple store on September 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The new phone comes in two sizes, one with a 4.7 inch display, the other with a 5.5 inch display.   (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The most germ-ridden object of them all remained unwiped and unwashed, becoming public enemy number one in the war on bacteria—all right under our noses.
  • That’s right: your smartphone has ten times more germs and bacteria on it than a toilet seat, and scientists think you should disinfect it multiple times a day.
  • One study found more than 17000 bacteria on teenagers’ phones, while another discovered they have more bacteria than toilet seats.

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