Gross things lurk on your Smartphone. Would that keep you from using one?

It’s no news that Americans are super-reliant on our smartphones. We use them to keep in touch with friends and family, stay connected with the office and generally stay aware of what’s going on in the world.

But that also means we take them everywhere with us — including the bathroom, the kitchen and other places swimming with germs. There’s a raft of research to suggest that smartphones are mega grody. In 2011, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine released a sudy showing that one in six mobile phones in Britain are contaminated with fecal matter.

More recently, students at South University in Columbia, S.C. did an experiment where they took samples from 60 student cell phones and tested them for germs. They found that many of the phones were contaminated with MRSA, an antibiotic resistant bacteria that can cause painful skin infections.

Then there are the constant claims that some of these phones carry more bacteria than a toilet seat. Do these claims scare you? Would they keep you from using a smartphone? Or are you so careful and clean with your cell phone that you feel you have nothing to worry about?

Email me a response (or call 203-330-6290) and I might use it for a story. We want to hear from you.

Amanda Cuda