Shock! Awe! Touch Screens Collect Germs! Might Make You Sick!

Oh, good grief. The Sacramento Bee is out with a report that says that touch screens are a collection point for germs that can make you sick. Yeah, that’s true, just like any other surface that you come in contact with (can you say keyboards), any breath you take in an enclosed space with individuals, or well, just about anything that the living organisms we call out bodies come in contact with.

I’m not sure why this is news, but I am sure that we’ll see more attempts at using this as a marketing feature in the future with all sorts of talk about bacteria resistant touch screens. We’ve already seen some of that, but I’m not finding the links this morning. With news out yesterday that cancer may be a “purely man-made disease,” according to some scientists, these kinds of stories (I’m referring to the touch screen one) strike me as just silly and condescending because the basis is, well, as obvious and annoying as having a bad cold.

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  1. aftermath

    10/15/2010 at 5:16 pm

    One more (good) reason to regularly wash your hands.

    I’ve also heard the anecdotal rumor that touchscreen devices are horrible for eyesight. One might reasonably expect that this is because fonts and displays are so small. Rather, the claim is that looking through a screen smeared by dirt and oil causes the eyes and the brain to struggle unnecessarily. It’s like wearing dirty glass (although optically, not as bad).

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  2. Anonymous

    10/15/2010 at 10:14 pm

    Testing Discus comments here. Please ignore

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