Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Do You Ever Clean Your Phone?

The moment we wake up from our hopefully peaceful sleep, we pick ourselves up aviated to do our daily routines. And what are those routines, you ask? Rubbing our eyes, washing our face, brushing our teeth, taking a bath, and… need I say more? We attend to our personal needs, and that is taking care of our personal hygiene.

How much do we value it? So much that we have to do it constantly. Because if we don’t, the bitter medicines will let us know how much our taste buds will (blech!) suffer—apart from feeling nauseated, outright uncomfortable, and not to mention having headaches, body aches and whatnots.

So let’s have a reality check:

Personal Hygiene: Check; Mobile Phone Hygiene: Che—wait, what?

Raising the question and the subject again, do you ever clean your phone? If not, let me share some fun facts about your smartphones. Let’s put it this way. As we all know, our pair of hands is but one of the parts of our body that could get the dirtiest since we touch anything we could. Of course, we could wash our hands regularly, but let’s not drift our thoughts away on how much we keep touching our phones. Yes, you wash your hands. But, do you wash your handy smartphones?

Did you know how dirty a cell phone is? This nifty handheld device, for all you know, is downright filthy, and it’s not even hard to see why since it is right on the name itself. Handheld—meaning, we always touch our phones most of the time. And where do we place our hands when we are not holding our phones? You place your hands anywhere else where you are unsure of their cleanliness—places where germs are spotted but are unseen by the naked eye. And knowing us, humans, we just can’t handle or we can’t be at ease when we are not tethered on our phones. With that being said, don’t be surprised if you find out that your phone is dirtier than your toilet seat. As studies show, your phone—if not cleaned regularly—will likely contain fecal matter. To spit the numbers out, our phones have 18x more harmful bacteria than that of public restroom handles. Good luck on pressing that against your cheek! Yes, buying them screen protectors can somehow prevent your screen from all the scuffs and smudges, but that’s only digging up the surface—it can’t protect you from all sorts of nasty illnesses like flu, diarrhea, and the list goes on.

Also, the fact that your phone is warm makes matters worse. How, you ask? Well, warmth breeds bacteria. Plus, we keep our phones in warm places like jeans pockets, bags, and anywhere else that can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

And since we don’t wash our phones, even if we use the nicest sanitizer there is for our hands, touch the phone and touch the food; it’s better to just lick the toilet.

Does this revelation rendering you sick? Well, perhaps this has been one of the old news already. But let me ask you just when did you last clean your phone? We all know that cleaning your phones is not as easy as washing your hands, but there are still ways on how to prevent those bacteria from breeding on your phone. However, some mobile companies prohibit the use of household cleaners, aerosol sprays, alcohol, solvents, or abrasive, since they may damage the phone. Nonetheless, we can use wipes at least or get some of those tech cleaners that are intended for phones.

Once again, do you ever clean your phone?

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