Home » Health Studies in the News » Meet the Bacteria That Live on Your Phone

Meet the Bacteria That Live on Your Phone

In a disgusting display of art imitating life, students from the University of Surrey’s microbiology department, curated some pretty serious strains of bacteria from smart phones and turned it into art.

The UK students collected an assortment of bacteria—from human personal and physical interaction, soil, germs, etc.—in petri-dishes, let it sit and grow for three days, and then took photographs and mounted them on large artistic canvases for public display.

“[Our] mobile phone doesn’t just remember telephone numbers; it also harbors a history of our personal and physical contacts,” says Simon Park, a student and bacterial art creator.

Park points out that although the majority of the bacteria was quite harmless, more serious strains of bacteria were found on phones—including  Staphylococcus aureus, boils, food poisoning, and sinusitis.

And what’s worse is that popular touch screen phones were the absolute worst bacterial sources, almost just as bad as computer keyboards, which, to really put things in perspective, harbor about 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle in a public men’s restroom.

To ward off nasty smart phone bacteria, health professionals recommend using anti-bacterial wipes to keep your phone from making you sick.

Source: Fox News


We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat
  • 10 Ways Your Smartphone Is Making You Fat
    Smartphones make our lives easier, but are they causing you to pack on the pounds? With today’s technology, we can connect, share, and network like never before.
    Health Studies in the News
  • Smartphone Addiction a Sign of Depression, Study Suggests
    Everyone has a friend or family member that, for the life of them, just can’t seem to put that smartphone away.
    Health Studies in the News
  • 10 Not-So-Fun-Facts About Food Poisoning
    Stop! Before you gobble down that block of cheese or that questionable carton of eggs in your refrigerator, you might want to consider the consequences.
    Health Studies in the News
  • Is It Food Poisoning or the Flu?
    It happens to the best of us—that rush to the bathroom following a questionable dinner that leaves us hugging the toilet for 24-miserable hours.
    Health Studies in the News
  • 8 Tips To Avoid Summer Food Poisoning
    Summer barbecues, outdoor potlucks, and storing all of your food in a camping cooler can sure be risky business—especially when warm weather makes conditions ripe for food...
    Health Studies in the News
  • E.coli Outbreak Spreads Across State Lines
    Health officials in the United States are scrambling to deal with a multi-state outbreak of E.coli.
    Health Studies in the News
  • 12 Tips for Creating a Weight Management Lifestyle
    Most of us are aware of how challenging it is to lose weight (let alone keep it off). For years, health researchers have warned us of the low rates of weight loss success...
    Health Studies in the News
  • Too Many Restaurants Spreading Norovirus, CDC Says
    A new report shows that most Norovirus outbreaks occur in food service settings -- meaning restaurant owners and managers need to do more to prevent their customers from getting...
    Health Studies in the News
  • 7 Food Safety Tips for Your Kitchen
    Do you know how to prevent food poisoning? Food borne illnesses caused by harmful bacteria can happen when people eat food that has not been cooked or prepared properly.
    Health Studies in the News
  • 11 Common Causes of Stomach Pain
    You’re fully aware when one strikes—the gassy, bloated, turbulent discomfort of a stomachache.
    Health Studies in the News
  • 10 Foods You Should Never Eat Past their Expiry Date
    Would you chance eating from a carton of eggs that was a few days past its due date? How about raw chicken breasts or ground beef?
    Health Studies in the News
  • 8 Major Summer Health Hazards
    It feels like the dog days of summer are just beginning. But with the warmer temperatures, days swimming at the beach, campfires, hikes, and barbecue grills come plenty of summer...
    Health Studies in the News
  • Infections Soar At Gym: Can Create Perfect Conditions For Germs
    New research is suggesting that you are going to get much more than a workout when you hit the gym.
    Health Studies in the News
  • Baby Wipes Taken Off Shelves For Bacteria Contamination
    Testing done be CBC News has spurred Dollarama to pull two baby wipe products off of their shelves.
    Health Studies in the News
  • Are Sprouts Really Dangerous?
    With so many food recalls filling your produce bins at the grocery store, you’ve probably noticed recurring warnings on one product in particular—spouts!
    Health Studies in the News