At a glance, could you figure out what the header image up top is? If you guessed the unholy breeding ground of a multitude of demon snails, you'd be wrong. It's actually a snapshot of some of the bacteria found on a smartphone after being cultured on a petri dish by a research team from the University of Surrey in England.
It took a mere three days of growth for the petri dish to end up like this. Which means that the smartphone you touch all day and hold up to your face to talk on is absolutely covered in bacteria.
Luckily, most of the bacteria uncovered during this test turned out to be harmless. The majority of the bacteria on the smartphone are naturally present on the outside of our bodies.
They did, however, uncover a couple less innocuous strains, one being a common cause of food poisoning, Staphylococcus aureus. Ick.
These bacteria aren't limited to your smartphone; they're present on all manner of things you touch during the day, such as remote controls and light switches.
No matter how well you clean up your smartphone, you can't keep these little no-see-ums away. They'll be right back in no time.
Which leads me to think that, rather than cleaning up your phone, you should spend more time washing your hands. Just like your mamma always told you.
Regardless, seeing this, I'm gonna wanna give my smartphone a good cleaning before taking my next call.
Translation by Jason Morgan