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Updated: Sep 29, 2021

How dirty is your cell phone?

Your cell phone may be dirtier than a toilet seat. These days our cell phones serve as a third arm. They are constantly on our person through our day to day activities, people even take them to the bathroom. Every time we touch our phone screen, we transfer germs from our hands to our phones. Because cell phones are so integrated into our day to day lives, they have a lot of opportunities to pick up harmful germs along the way. 

Studies found that the average cell phone harbors around 17,000 bacterial gene copies! Not all bacteria are dangerous. Harmful microbes discovered during the study include; Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter spp., Pseudomonas spp., Bacillus cereus, Neisseria flavescensand E. faecalis. On a brighter note, no antibiotic resistance genes were detected on cell phone surfaces during this study. 

How often do we actually remember to clean our cell phones? If you are like the majority of people, you don’t clean it often enough. A study from Veloxity found that 16 out of 200 cell phone users clean their phones daily. Only 45 of those participants clean their phones weekly. With the average number of times we touch our cell phones daily being 2,617 times, it’s easy to see how cell phones can play a role in spreading harmful germs. 

So how often should we clean our cell phone? Most experts agree that we should optimally be cleaning our cell phones daily in order to help stop spreading pathogenic bacteria through mobile devices. 

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