Sitting on the toilet is dead time. And while the accompanying activity of choice used to be reading a book or a newspaper, most people now opt for their smartphone .

Why? Because our phones come everywhere with us. So if you’ve got a few minutes of boredom, then it’s only natural to resort to checking your WhatsApp messages, football scores or having a go of Flappy Bird.

But apparently it’s a REALLY bad idea.

Aside from the obvious danger of accidentally dropping a £600 smartphone into a bowl of water, it’s also doing damage to our health.

Obviously bathrooms are not the cleanest places in the world – especially public ones, you don’t know when they were last cleaned – but you might assume that if the phone is only touching your hands, you’re safe.

Think your bathroom is clean? It might look it, but it doesn’t mean anything.

How dirty is your phone?

Basically, whatever your hand touches in that bathroom – whether it’s toilet roll holders, door handles or the flush lever – is going to transmit tiny bits of faeces onto your fingers.

And then when you’re swiping left and right through Tinder, you’re going to get a very dirty phone…

Where germs go, you can be sure illness will follow.

Written by jale