Mobile Phones: Still Filthy
from the yet-again,-huh? dept
Researchers just can’t seem to resist stories that involve germ counts on today’s technology. Three years ago, it was the story about how your computer is 400 times dirtier than your toilet seat. Then there was the story about how much bacteria are found on internet cafe mice. Last year, it was again about how your desktop has more germs than a toilet. This year, they’re back with the latest version of such studies, and it has (once again) found that your mobile phone is pretty dirty. That’s not a surprise. The real question is whether or not it’s actually dangerous — and of course, the study doesn’t actually answer that question. Perhaps it’s because it was sponsored by a mobile phone retailer who wants you to buy a new mobile phone to replace your filthy one — without explaining that the new phone will probably get just as filthy pretty quickly (and still probably won’t be all that dangerous). Of course, if you’re really worried, why not just pick up a sterilizing phone charger?