A study conducted by the University of the Philippines Microbiology Department has revealed a very dirty truth: Our phones are one of the filthiest items we own.
UP microbiologist Gil Penuliar said that bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureneus and E. coli are often present on phones. The UP scientist said people often bring their phones with them to the toilet, and this was why the study also found E.coli on the phones. He added that we transfer bacteria from our hands to our phones when we fail to wash our hands properly.
SouthernPhone reported that an average person checks their mobile phone approximately once every 12 minutes, or 80 times per day. A typical phone is carrying over 25,000 bacteria per square inch, 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.
S.aureus and E.coli can survive for 24 hours but can also be eliminated with rubbing alcohol.