Magazines. The perfect reading material for a bathroom. Filled with short stories and articles, many of which take less than 2 minutes to read. Sorta like most News sites’ articles on the web. Which brings me to the recent practice of bringing iPads, other tablets or smart phones into the washroom/bathroom. Sure its convenient, kinda, but sanitary? Ewww no. Not only that but just how safe is an electronic device in a wet environment like a washroom?
The older iPhones/iPods for instance has a special piece of paper inside it to alert of exposure to water, well moisture really – but I’ll get to that in a minute. This isn’t just with Apple products either, seems to be common place in one form or another in most cell phones from all manufacturers, and I’d have to assume tablets as well. Some are using water-soluble materials, instead of materials that react and change colour. Originally as a way of troubleshooting claims of dead or problematic phones that had actually been dropped into water, but recently Apple settled a lawsuit agreeing that moisture in the environment could give a false reading in older models. Sweat, high humidity, sudden temperature change causing condensation, etc. which would void the warranty. Anyway, this begs the question, if the manufacturer is concerned with water and moisture affecting the electronics, why would anyone think its a good idea to use one in a washroom?
Aside from the possibility of coming in direct contact with water, lets face it, there is water everywhere in a washroom, there is the sanitary issue of carrying your device in there with you and then leaving with it afterwards. (and no, before you ask, I didn’t just read a Howard Hughes biography). Germs are everywhere in a washroom, just looking for a surface to cling to and will happily travel along with you when you go from the washroom into another room of the house. Flushing a toilet for instance, spews bacteria into the air, which settles on every surface in the area, including your beloved tablet.
Hey, so now what about making dinner and using a recipe on that same iPad/tablet?
If you do feel the need to use your tablet in the washroom, you may want to invest in a waterproof cover, not only to protect the device, but also to make it sanitary. Find one that can be wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes. And please, don’t bring that same little touchscreen-petri-dish into the kitchen when preparing food. Maybe invest in one device just for washroom use? Seems a little extravagant perhaps, but so did indoor plumbing a hundred years ago. Be a trend-setter and the envy of all your friends and neighbours.
I say, until Apple or some 3rd party developer comes up with disposable covers like the type you can get for public toilets, leave the tech outside of the washroom. And maybe invest in a new toothbrush if you happen to leave that uncovered on the counter in your bathroom. Eeewww.