Tim White

Your tablet screen is dirty…very dirty.
Your tablet screen is dirty…very dirty.

New research finds that touch screens on smartphones and tablets can often contain more harmful bacteria than toilet seats. A consumer group did the research and says that the average swab of a touchscreen had a count of 600 units of staphylococcus aureus bacteria which can cause vomiting and diarrhea, while the average toilet seat swab had less than 20 units of the same bacteria.

Additionally the touchscreens were found to have more enterobacteria, which can include strains of E. coli and salmonella, than toilet seats. Researchers say the findings indicate that people need to wash their hands more often.