A specialist in digestive diseases advises people not to use their phones while in the toilet, citing several reasons. Dr. Surab Sethi said in a video posted on his TikTok account:
Browsing your phone while using the restroom can actually have some serious health consequences. Firstly, this can lead to prolonged sitting on the toilet, which may cause pressure on certain areas of the body. This can lead to various problems, such as hemorrhoids and anal fissures. Another issue is that this habit can be a fertile ground for bacteria. Studies have found that smartphones are dirtier than public toilet seats, so try to avoid using them in the restroom. If you must do so, at least use a disinfectant wipe to clean your phone after finishing your business.