A Study Shows That Your Fitbit Could Be 8 Times Dirtier Than Your Toilet

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You might’ve heard about how the Health Promotion Board (HPB) is partnering with Fitbit to give Singaporeans a free Fitbit tracker.

With any luck, the initiative might take off and soon, many, many, Singaporeans will be walking around with a toilet, I mean, Fitbit on their wrists.

Or more accurately, a Fitbit that’s eight times dirtier than your toilet, which according to Mirror, a study has revealed.

Yikes.

A Study Done By Tic Watches

A study about other watch brands conducted by another watch brand? Hmm, what could possibly go wrong?

In any case, researchers from Tic Watches brought a couple of watches and smartwatches, including Fitbit’s to the lab to be tested for bacteria, yeast and mould. No prizes for guessing which watch had the most amount of nasties on it.

Apparently, each watch contained a “worrying amount of bacteria, yeast and mould, with the average scoring 3 times dirtier than a toilet seat.”

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Nope.

Okay wait, it gets worse. Fitbit was the worst of them all. The worst. It was found to be eight times dirtier than a toilet seat.

Dude, what the ****.

Image: Giphy

If you want to be as hygienic as possible (not even 100% hygienic yet okay), consider going for metal watches which the researchers found had the smallest amount of bacteria, yeast and mould.

I’m still not sold though.

Lack of Cleaning Is The Reason Behind Dirty Watches

So why do watches get this dirty? Obviously, because you never clean it lah.

The managing director of Tic Watches told Mirror, “Whether you wear a watch every day, or just during working hours, one thing is for certain, we don’t clean them as much as we wash our hands.”


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Those of you who own watches that are not waterproof, beware: watches that avoid contact with water tend to result in the build-up of bacteria. And no, sweat doesn’t count as ‘water’, so don’t be nasty. The solution?

He suggests making sure that watches are cleaned at least once a month with a wipe or wet tissue.

So for all those Fitbit users and general watch users out there, be sure to clean your watches regularly or risk having a toilet bowl sit on your wrist.

Especially since, you know, we wear FitBit to exercise too, be it walking or running.

Step counter, remember?

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