In 2006, British microbiologist claimed that the average cell phone carries more germs per square inch than doorknobs, the soles of shoes, even toilet seats.
The Daily Mail newspaper quotes Joanna Verran, a professor of microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan
University as saying, “Mobile phones are stored in bags or pockets, are handled frequently and held close
to the face. In other words, they come into contact with more parts of our body and a wider range of bacteria than toilet seats. The phones (from which cultures were taken) contained more skin bacteria than any other
object. This could be due to the fact that this type of bacteria increase in high temperatures and our phones are perfect for breeding these germs as they are kept warm and cozy in pockets, handbags and briefcases.”
So, could cell phones be a health hazard?
Not really, we are immune to most germs. But just think about it next time you want to borrow a friend’s cell phone. You really don’t know where they were holding thier last conversation.