(Newser) – If you’re reading this on your smartphone, you might want to go wash your hands now: A new study out of London finds that one out of six cellphones has fecal matter on it. UK researchers swabbed 390 mobile phones and the British hands that used them, and found that 16% of both were contaminated with E. coli bacteria—which, yes, comes from poop, Time reports.
The contamination likely occurs when people fail to wash their hands after using the bathroom, researchers say, and since E. coli can survive for hours in warm conditions, it can easily be transferred from your smartphone back to your hands even if you do eventually wash them. The study also found that 92% of hands and 82% of phones were contaminated by some type of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus.
This is some Monday morning type shit. I mean if 16% of Brits have E. coli on their phones and hands, then jesus us American slobs must be at least at 30%. And 82% of phones have funky bacteria on them? I mean that's the last time I put my phone in my ass on vibrate and don't wash it again, that's for sure.
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But this is why I think people who are germaphobes are a little bit ridiculous. I know a phobia is by definition irrational but I mean if you really think you can ever be "clean" you are drunk. I mean there is some sort of microscopic poo everywhere, and the sooner people accept it and just put their phones in their mouths, the better off we will all be.