Next time you hold your cell phone up to you ear, consider this: Recent tests on hundreds of cellphones in the U.K. found nasty bacteria on nearly all of them, with 92 percent testing positive. And 16 percent were found to have the E. coli bacteria that come from poop.
A survey taken at the same time as the study found that 95 percent claimed to have washed their hands with soap and water whenever possible -- but while they may have fooled the survey-takers, they didn't fool the swab test: 82 percent of hands tested positive for bacteria, and 16 percent were found to have E. coli.
Obviously, filthy fingers = filthy phones.
These people don't wash up after they go -- so the same fingers used to take care of business are now being used to swipe the screens of their smart phones.
On the other hand, E. coli isn't the worst possible outcome from handling a cellphone -- these devices have been linked to brain tumors, low sperm counts, sexual dysfunction, loss of bone density and more.
You can keep germs off your fingers -- and off your phones -- by washing your hands after you use the toilet (and by not using your phone while you're actually on the toilet).
But the only way to avoid the other risks is to keep your hands -- clean or otherwise -- off those phones in the first place.