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Mobile Phones more common than Toilets

What can you do with anthropology?

Here is a question to think about: How many people have mobile phones in the world? How many people have access to a toilet in the world? If you do research and take a look at the numbers, they are significantly different. Why is that the case?

According to Jen Barr, the author of article, “Oh shit, mobile phones more common than toilets,” many people around the world today have access to a mobile phone of some sort, so we need to make toilets available to everyone. However, in many urban places, the infrastructure for managing human waste is either inadequate or completely absent, causing people to deal with their waste somehow.

In countries like China, Tanzania, Kenya, Bangladesh, and India, waste is handled by other humans with very limited or no protection at all. Therefore, this inequality or lack of access to better sanitation conditions leave people living in…

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