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There's no doubt that we're all guilty of using our phones whilst having a shit.
It makes the process much more enjoyable and without our phones we'd have to make do with reading labels on air freshener bottles, which doesn't always cut it.
Even though it's become somewhat of a given that phones are a part of pooing, you shouldn't really be doing it - it's highly unhygienic.
Using your phone in an environment that includes a shitter actually opens it up to germs like salmonella, E. Coli and C. Difficile. Just think about where your hand has been while your tapping and swiping.
"Be aware of what your hands are touching. If you wipe your bum then pick up your phone, you may as well not bother washing your hands because all the bacteria you put on your phone will end up back on your hands. They might be your germs. They might be somebody else's from the flush," hygiene expert Dr Lisa Ackerley told Metro.
It's not ideal for your own fecal bacteria to be in and around your ears. But I'm sure you'll agree it'd be much worse for a co-workers feces to be anywhere near your face, which is what could be happening if you use your phone in your work's toilets.
"Basically, you just shouldn't [take your phone into the toilet] if you are at all concerned about the transfer of viruses and fecal contamination," Dr Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science degrees at Queen Mary's University London told Metro.
It's not as if this will make any difference to anyone's shitting regime, to be honest. Do you really expect us to squeeze one out without scrolling through Facebook? Nah pal, jog on.
Words by Mark McGowan
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