Computer keyboard dirtier than toilet | Pakis flirt on Facebook
Computer keyboard 'is five times dirtier than toilet seat'
May, 05, 2008: Computer keyboards can harbour more harmful bacteria than a lavatory seat, it
has been claimed.
Many users are at risk of becoming ill with stomach
bugs, according to the consumer group 'Which?'
It warned that 'qwerty
tummy', named after the first six letters on a keyboard, could sweep through
workplaces after tests on equipment in its own London offices showed alarming
One keyboard was so dirty that a microbiologist ordered it to
be removed, quarantined and cleaned.
It had 150 times the acceptable
limit for bacteria and was five times as filthy as a typical lavatory seat.
Anyone who eats a sandwich or piece of fruit having been tapping on such
a keyboard can pick up bacteria that could lead to a stomach upset.
scientist swabbed 33 keyboards for food poisoning bugs e.coli, coliforms,
staphylococcus aureus and enterobacteria and compared the results to those found
on a lavatory seat and lavatory door handle.
Four of the keyboards were
considered a potential health hazard and one was "condemned".
"warning levels" of staphylococcus aureus and two others had "worryingly
elevated" levels of coliforms and enterobacteria, "putting users at high risk of
becoming ill from contact".
The expert said the findings were typical of
offices all over Britain.
'Which?' computing editor Sarah Kidner said:
"The shocking results revealed that some of these keyboards were harbouring
harmful bacteria that could potentially give their users a stomach upset.
"The germs found could cause food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhoea.
"The main cause of a bug-infested keyboard is eating lunch at desks, as
the food deposits encourage the growth of millions of bacteria.
personal hygiene, such as dodging hand washing after going to the lavatory, may
also be to blame.
"Most people don't give much thought to the grime that
builds up on their PC, but if you don't clean your computer, you might as well
eat your lunch off a lavatory seat."
'Which?' found that one in ten
people never clean their keyboard, while 20 per cent never clean their mouse.
Around half cleaned their keyboard less than one a month.
modern practice of "hotdesking", in which staff sit at different desks every
week, means that workers do not know who has been using their keyboard before
Miss Kidner said workers and home PC users should give their
keyboards a regular clean, adding: "It's quite simple to do and could prevent
your computer becoming a health hazard."
'Which?' says users should
unplug computers before wiping surfaces with a damp, soft, lint-free cloth.
Keyboards should be unplugged, turned upside down and shaken. The News
Pakistanis flirt on Facebook
Islamabad: Many Pakistanis feel that Facebook has become a good
way to date and find suitors.
In Pakistan, it is not easy for girls and
boys to interact with each other, so the social networking programme 'Facebook'
has become quite handy. Many Pakistanis are joining the love and dating networks
and making the most of whatever is offered.
"Access to quick detailed
profiles with photos just makes things a lot easier and, more importantly,
membership is free. Unlike a matrimonial site, we are free to interact and
exchange information with anyone we like, free of charge," pointed out Ayesha
Ahmed, a Facebook user. More and more young Pakistanis are getting "hooked on
Facebook", which is just behind Google and YouTube in terms of popularity,
according to Alexa, a United States-based web research
Education institutions are taking steps to ensure that
students don't waste time on such websites. Beaconhouse National University in
Lahore has blocked Facebook in its computer labs because it represents a big
"distraction" for students. Interestingly, while most parents are against their
children, especially their daughters, chatting or dating unknown people, they
are open to the idea of looking for future spouses on Facebook. Under the
circumstances, dating is obviously tough for those who are not on
"Most people think that girls on Facebook are 'available',
which is not the case. I learnt to spurn such advances the hard way," said a
young Facebook user who did not wish to be named. Daily times monitor
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