Bacteria Laden Cell Phones Seem to be Defying the Prime Directive


It seems our future computer overlords have finally find a way around that pesky Prime Directive that keeps them from actively harming humans. Apparently they were just waiting for their new touchscreen technology to deliver their payload of massive amounts of bacteria.

According to researchers, mobile phones harbor 18 times more bacteria than a flush handle in a typical men’s restroom. And I thought I was so smart for picking the iPhone over the flush handle to lick for a dollar.

“If you put virus on a surface, like an iPhone, about 30 percent of it will get on your fingertips,” Julian said. In turn, “a fair amount of it may go from your fingers to your eyes, mouth or nose,” the most likely routes of infection.

So the next time you ask to borrow an iPhone, don’t be surprised if the answer is no. As a matter of fact if you still want to actually borrow an iPhone or iPad after reading this then you are probably carrying around latex gloves, and if you are, I don’t want to know why.

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