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In our technology obsessed society, it’s not surprising that people are using their phones everywhere, even when going to the bathroom.
In fact a study conducted in 2016 found that 41 per cent of Australians use their phone on the toilet, while one by Sony found that figure was closer to 75 per cent for Americans.
While it might seem like clever multitasking, a GP says that you’re actually risking your health by taking your device with you wherever you go.
‘That’s enough to put bacteria on the phone’: But doctors warn that you’re making yourself sick by using your device in the bathroom (stock image)
The advice Dr Karmakar gives is to not even take your phone to the bathroom, especially public ones.
‘Even if you’re not using your phone on the toilet, you’re still holding it while you’re going in and out of the bathroom, and that’s enough to put bacteria on the phone when you haven’t yet washed your hands,’ she explained.
Given that many people also use their phone when eating, and that many infections can be transmitted by mouth, this also increases the risk factor of getting sick from bacteria on your phone.
So, what can you do to try and mitigate this risk of spreading infections and getting sick?
Firstly, don’t take your phone into the bathroom at all, and try not to use it when eating.
Disinfecting your phone regularly is also a good idea, especially if you’ve been using it in the bathroom. Specific sprays can be bought to clean touchscreens, and a screen protector can help too.
And wash your hands regularly, especially when leaving the bathroom or touching anyone else’s smartphone.