Why Using a Smartphone While Doing Poop is a Bad Idea!

Next time you walk out of the toilet with your smartphone, think twice before handing it over to someone else. It is probably contaminated with fecal matter!2 min


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We all carry our smartphones to the toilet every now and then. We use them to make phone calls, send text, or to swipe through our timelines. The need to do this is so powerful we are unwilling to imagine the unhealthy side effects this entails.

According to Bank My Cell, a phone reseller, about 90% of us visit the toilet with our smartphones. For one reason or another, men are more of the offenders than women.

We do it because it is one of the few moments we find ourselves TRULY alone, and second, as an excuse to POOP till our bowels are empty!

The question then arises, is smartphone use in the toilet a good idea? Many health studies tell us it is not. Below are just a few reasons.

The Bacteria

Bacteria can stick around for days
Bacteria can stick around for days

Toilet surfaces are covered in germs, and bacteria, in particular. We contaminate our phones when we touch the surfaces and then the phones. The toilet surfaces in question include door handles, toilet seats, faucets, cistern levers and everything else.

To make it worse, the heat from the phone battery makes the phone a good environment for bacteria to thrive. The bactera can stick around for a week!

Most of the germs are harmless, but some can lead to serious illnesses.

We are most likely to share the germ infested phones with friends and kids when done doing poop!

So next time you walk out of the toilet think twice before handing over your smartphone to someone else, especially kids. It is most probably contaminated with fecal matter!

Consider disinfecting it first – better still, do not carry it to the toilet.

Hemorrhoids!

Chances of acquiring hemorrhoids increases every time we extend our stay in the toilet. It is evident the design of the modern toilet is not suited for extended use. Interestingly, the design favors extended use of phone. The traditional toilet practice of squatting is preferable to present day toilet usage.

When we overstay in the toilet we exert unhealthy pressure on the rectum which can lead to, or exacerbate the case of hemorrhoids.

Traditionally, hemorrhoids are associated with chronic constipation, straining during bowel movements, and prolonged sitting on the toilet — all of which interfere with blood flow to and from the area, causing it to pool and enlarge the vessels.


Harvard Health Publishing

Extended stay in the toilet also exposes you to

  • even more bacteria
  • redundancy
  • mischief

It is Meant to be Time-off!

IT IS meant to be time to relax
Toilet time should be used to reflect and relax

After a hectic hour or day doing THAT and THAT you probably need to take time out and relax. Apart from the night, the other opportunity we get is TOILET time. For many people out there, this is probably the only free moments of escapades during the day.


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