The two friends of mine who were raised by germ-freak, super-clean parents are the two who get sick the most often. My theory is that their immune systems were hobbled by them not being allowed to play in filthy sandboxes as kids. And while I'm not one of those anti-vaccination nuts, I'm fine with encountering a certain amount of dirt; hell, I'd better be, as I live in New York City.
Where do you draw the line with personal cleanliness? A company called PhoneSoap claims that your phone is filthy, filthy, filthy, and suggests you buy their $50 ultraviolet phone cleaner/charger to regularly disinfect it. Their website claims, in alarmist tones, that your phone is dirtier than your toilet seat; I've got news for you, I bet most things in most peoples' houses are dirtier than their toilet seats, because we clean toilets with harsh chemicals on a regular basis.
The hyperbole is laid on pretty thick, with the company citing Fox News to point out that "A cell phone has 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom" and claiming that "The way we use our phones makes us... sick" and then dropping this gem:
Not only are the extra bacteria on our phones bombarding our immune systems, they can also cause some serious facial effects. Some types of acne come directly from talking on the phone! Pressing your cheek and chin against your phone can exacerbate acne by allowing bacteria to get into those pores, causing chaos.
I'm not buying it. Are you?