Be honest: most of us have no idea what we would do without our cell phones. I can still remember the Dark Ages of calling my friends on their family landline numbers before we were able to chat via private cell phones – and it wasn’t fun. How would we survive nowadays without our connection to, well, everything? Cell phones are now about so much more than just talking to people. They have basically turned into mini computers, and we need to use them all the time! In fact, we need to use them so much that we end up making them completely disgusting. Seriously, you may not have known this, but cell phones are gross – and we have the facts to prove it.
Fair warning: these eight nasty facts about your cell phone are going to totally freak you out. They’ll make you rethink carrying it around everywhere, sleeping next to it, and touching it all the damn time. The same gadget that entertains you, connects you, and educates you is absolutely covered in germs and is probably making you sick. It might be time to whip out the anti-bacterial wipes! Here are eight gross facts about your cell phone you need to know:
There Are Most Likely Tiny Bugs In Your PhonePhones are warm. Phones also have many little holes (speakers, headphone jacks, charging portals...) that provide great entry points to this source of warmth for tiny bugs who are looking for a place to camp out for awhile. Who knew your phone was a cheap motel for insects? Does this make you want to burn it and then throw it out the window? No? Just me? Okay then. Source: iStock
It's Dirtier Than A Public ToiletYes, you read that right. Your personal cell phone, the one you use all day, every day, is covered in more bacteria than a toilet used by strangers all day, every day. While this is highly disturbing, what's worse is that your phone isn't the only thing - your desk, the kitchen sink, grocery carts, restaurant menus, and ATMs are also known to have more germs than public toilets. Think about that next time you put your fingers in or near your mouth after touching your phone. Think about it before you cuddle next to it in bed. Ick! Source: iStock
The Germs Can Actually Make You SickAll that gross bacteria I've been talking about? They include the same kind that gets you sick if you eat raw meat or expired dairy, the kind that are found in your excrement, and the kind that cause staph infections. This includes salmonella, fecal matter, and staphylococcus. Don't do a Google image search of that before lunch. You honestly can get sick from them. Source: iStock
Your Phone Case Is Filled With CrapIf you want to maintain your phone's condition and extend it's longevity, you probably have a case on it. This seems like a great decision because it prevents it from breaking. But it also allows it to accumulate a whole load of crud in between the phone and the case. Phone repair shops have found a whole mess of junk when removing phone cases, from regular dust and crumbs to metal shavings and "green slime." Source: iStock
Touchscreens Make It Ridiculously Easy To Transmit GermsIn 2010, experts found that touchscreens are super risky when it comes to germs. They discovered that germs are more easily transmitted to hands from touchscreens than most other surfaces. They even said that swapping touchscreen phones could be worse than drinking out of the same cup as a stranger. So, think twice the next time you play with the iPhones in the Apple store. Source: iStock
It's Probably Making You Break OutYou've probably noticed that if you have a full face of makeup on, some of it rubs off onto your phone screen after a call. No big deal, you just wipe it off, right? Actually, Much more gets stuck than you think (especially if you have a case on). Makeup can actually clog the buttons and speakers on the phone and prevent them from working! All of this makeup, oil, and dirt gets on your face when you use it again, causing acne. Source: iStock
It Spreads Germs Faster Than It Sends TextsOkay, I made that comparison up - but it's likely! You touch your cell phone with your hands, which you then use to touch your face, spreading germs into your eyes, nose, and mouth. We also hold our cell phones directly up to our faces when we're making a phone call (why some people still refuse to text, I don't understand). Since our phones are such an integral part of our day, we don't think to wash our hands after every time we touch them. Source: iStock
We Check Our Phones Over 100 Times In A DayOkay fine, this is not gross in a germ-infested way, but are we seriously this addicted to our phones? Let's say we actually get the eight recommended hours of sleep and are awake for 16. That means we're checking our phones nearly seven times an hour, or approximately once every 10 minutes. Assuming you don't actually have legitimate free time every 10 minutes, that means you're ignoring other things - class, friends, family - to look at a screen. Take a break every once and a while. I promise your phone can wait - your life can't. Source: iStock
Which of these gross facts surprised you the most? What did we forget to include? Tell us in the comments!