It's easier to put a phone in someone's hand than it is to build a proper sanitation system. According to a UN report, 6 of 7 billion people in the world have cell phones, while just 4.5 billion have access to a toilet or latrine.
While that might seem like an apples to oranges comparison, the contrast is interesting and somewhat alarming. It's exactly why the Bill Gates is trying to build a new toilet that's a better fit for developing countries. And considering today is World Water Day, it's something to think about. Quartz points out that in Indonesia, for example, it's pretty normal to see someone in a metal roofed shack without a bathroom checking Facebook on a phone. And though many countries' governments aren't responding to basic needs in terms of infrastructure, tech companies will damn well get phones in people's hands.