We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Mobile phones 'dirtier than toilet seats'

There was disturbing news reported in the Daily Mail today. Apparently mobile phones are home to more germs than a toilet seat.

So I'd suggest that every time your mobile rings, quickly pull on the marigolds, and only use the speakerphone – don't, whatever you do, put the phone to your ear. Once the call is finished, have a shower, or maybe two, and then sterilise the environment in which the call was made – preferably by setting fire to your house.

I enjoy these stories about how dirty various objects you wouldn't imagine to be unclean at all actually are. They are almost always compared to a toilet seat.

Office desks are a good example, as the Beeb reported more than two years ago. And lo and behold, the very same article mentions how dirty phones are.

So who are the researchers who get to break these 'stories' every so often? Is there a special 'Toilet seat comparison' department at an obscure ex-polytechnic sucking up public money to tell us that toilet seats aren't really that dirty after all, and that stuff we constantly touch actually carries more germs? Sounds like an easy job to me.

IDG UK Sites

Microsoft Band UK release date and price rumours, features and specs: Microsoft smartwatch unveiled

IDG UK Sites

Why Sony's PS4 2.0 update is every gamer's dream (well, mine at least)

IDG UK Sites

This Grolsch ad combines stop-motion & CG for majestic results

IDG UK Sites

Apple rumours and predictions for 2015: What to expect from Apple in 2015