By needanewphone - 22/01/2012 22:03 - United States
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...or you COULD bring electronics in the shower and be smart with them. Yes, obviously the risk of water-related accidents are greatly increased, but prevention is easily possible. And besides the fact that it's disgusting, why would you leave the toilet seat up, especially with your phone right next to it?
30- The seat, or the cover? The seat wouldn't have prevented the phone from falling inside, and as someone else said, I don't know anyone who puts the cover down every time they go to the bathroom. Also, I would advise against bringing electronics in the bathroom while taking a shower altogether, since the steam and mist can still damage them. This is especially true if you do it often. Either way, I don't see the point of your phone sitting on the counter while you're showering. You can't use it anyway so just leave it outside.
87-Well, then the cover. And steam? I never have actual visible steam in the shower/bathroom, though I'm sure humidity would not help an electronic device. On a side note, one should ALWAYS put down the toilet seat cover before flushing. If one does not, all of the bacteria within the waste and toilet flies up into the air when the toilet is flushed because of the water sloshing around. That is one reason toilets come with a cover.
108 - Steam can be used to refer to the mist, so I suppose I should have said steam/mist instead of "and", but that's irrelevant as I'm sure people understand what I was saying. As for the germs from flushing the toilet - they are hardly the highest concentration of germs you come across on a daily basis. I haven't heard of someone getting sick from flush germs, as long as they keep their bathroom clean enough, as they should be doing on a regular basis anyway. It does sound disgusting, but keep in mind that every time you smell a fart or the bathroom after somebody has used it, you are still technically inhaling fecal particles into your lungs. Still, the chances of it affecting you in some way are slim. Whatever makes you feel more comfortable is fine, but it's not as big of a deal as you make it sound.
157, I'm not saying you'll get sick from inhaling it. I was trying to illustrate how some things considered disgusting aren't actually as harmful as they sound. The same study that showed germs being spread with every flush also showed that the kitchen, computer, and phone are way more contaminated with bacteria. As I said, as long as you regularly clean your bathroom, you shouldn't encounter any health problems from that. Also, the toothbrush comparison may work in theory, but again, it's worlds away from being the same as stuffing your mouth with solid shit.
180- I am aware of that, and my point still stands. Most cases of something like E. Coli result from contaminated food, and the FDA even lists cattle as the main source of the sickness in humans. You are much more likely to catch something from germs on your phone than from escaped flush particles. The fact is that it's very uncommon if you have a normal immune system, and I also haven't seen or heard of it happening to people who keep their place and themselves clean. You said that type of bacteria are contracted the oral route, so unless you eat in the bathroom or don't wash your hands, you'll be okay. The only thing left is the toothbrush, and how many people a year get E. Coli from their toothbrush? I just think this whole issue is a bit overblown, that's all.
We always put the seat cover down. Even my 4 yr old does. And we keep our toothbrushes in the cabinet. Its just the way I like things done. True it may not prevent the spread of germs but it makes me feel better knowing that having the cover down kind of helps keep things from getting too covered in germs. At least in my mind it does :) to each their own. We also go through ALOT of Lysol and bleach. Potty training a little boy has taught me how bad a males aim really is, and that sometimes there's no helping which direction the pee goes :/
Just another reason to keep your phone out of the bathroom - full of water hazards.
Probably a good idea to keep the lid on the toilet seat down.