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How Dirty are our Phones?

This video explores the common habit of using phones in the toilet and the hygiene concerns it poses. A microbiologist's investigation reveals that although phones carry many bacteria, most are part of the normal microbiome and generally not harmful.

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The video discusses the widespread habit of bringing phones to the toilet and the potential hygiene issues associated with this practice. It touches on a study revealing that a significant percentage of people, including Australians, use their phones in the bathroom. A microbiologist then investigates the germs found on a phone and explains that while phones may harbor numerous bacteria, most are part of the normal microbiome and not necessarily harmful.


• Survey: a survey is a method of collecting information or gathering data from a group of people to analyze their opinions, behaviors, or characteristics on a particular subject or topic.

• Aussies: Australian people.

• Doomscrolling: Doomscrolling is a relatively recent term that refers to the habit of continuously and obsessively scrolling through negative or distressing news or social media content, often leading to increased feelings of anxiety or distress.

• Loo: the bathroom, the toilet.

• Swab: a swab is a small, sterile, cotton-tipped or foam-tipped stick used for sampling or collecting material for testing or analysis.

• Nutrient agar: Nutrient agar is a gel-like substance made from a mixture of various nutrients used to culture, grow, and identify microorganisms, such as bacteria.

• Incubator: An incubator is a device or chamber used to maintain a controlled and stable environment, typically for the growth and development of microorganisms or other biological samples.

• Faecal: refers to anything related to feces, which are the solid waste matter discharged from the bowels or intestines.

• Flush: it is the act of pressing a button to release water into the bowl, which removes the waste into the sewage system.

• Aerosols: small particles or droplets suspended in the air.

• Gross: disgusting.

• UTI: ''UTI'' stands for Urinary Tract Infection. It is an infection that can occur in any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, ureters, or urethra.

• Staph aureus: Staphylococcus aureus, often abbreviated as ''Staph aureus,'' is a type of bacteria. It is commonly found on the skin and in the nose of healthy individuals and is usually harmless.

• Golden staph a synonym for Staphylococcus aureus.

Source: Behind the news YouTube channel.

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