8 Ways Your Smartphone Could Be Damaging Your Health

By Eloïse Reyns / Lifestyle / February 18th, 2019

Smartphones Carry Bacteria

It Carries Bacteria

A study conducted by the London School of Hygiene, Tropical Medicine determined that one out of every six smartphones in England is contaminated with faecal matter, and 16% of them carry E. coli bacteria. Washing your hands regularly helps mitigate this issue, but your phone is still basically a germ pool.

Why are our phones so dirty? Well, because while you’re washing your hands regularly, you also use them constantly, touching everything from door handles to sink taps. Research shows that 95% of people don’t wash their hands properly, and you’re touching what they’re touching, collecting enormous quantities of germs without even realising. Then, we pretty much take our phone with us everywhere and check it approximately once every 12 minutes, spreading the germs that are on our hands. Also, our phones produce heat, and warm environments are where bacteria thrive. We’re only adding heat by holding the device in our hands.

So, we strongly advise you to wash your mobile every week, don’t use it while eating and don’t take it to the toilet. To safely clean your device, it’s best to wipe it down using a microfibre cloth. It is not recommended to use antibacterial wipes or regular disinfectants as they are abrasive and can harm your device, but you can lightly spray some disinfectant over the cloth to disinfect your phone.


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