NeoBytes :) 75% of us use our phone while on the toilet + other bathroom smartphone stats

NeoBytes :) is an occasional feature that takes a step back from the big headlines, to take a look at what else is happening in the vast, scary expanse of the tech world - often with a cynical eye, and always with a dose of humour.


The bathroom break, it seems, no longer offers the few moments of peace that it once did to take a step away from one’s hectic life. As our lifestyles become ever more interconnected, a growing number of us are struggling to tear ourselves away from our screens for even a couple of minutes, and for many, it’s not even possible to take a trip to the loo without bringing a smartphone along for the ride, as it were.

A survey commissioned by Telefónica’s O2 UK and Sony Mobile found that an astonishing 75% of respondents used their phone while using the lavatory, while around half also used their handsets – so to speak – while in the bath.

While 59% regularly texted while using the toilet, and 45% sent emails, 31% confessed to speaking on the phone while on the john. The results of the survey are certainly intriguing in their revelations of how our behaviours have changed with our more connected way of life – and perhaps the most eyebrow-raising statistic of all comes in the confessions from almost a quarter of men who admitted that they no longer urinate while standing up, preferring to take a seat on the throne so that they can keep both hands free to use their phones while relieving their bladders.

But of all the 2,000 men and women who responded to the survey, just 12% said that they actually felt ‘pressured’ to stay connected because of their busy lives; indeed, almost a third said that they took their phones to the bathroom in order “to prevent boredom setting in”.

The survey was commissioned ahead of the launch of Sony’s water-resistant Xperia Z (check out our hands-on) on O2, as 15% of people revealed that they had at some point dropped their phone down the bog. Information was not made available from the survey on how many people took video calls while in the bathroom, however – and frankly, I’m kind of glad about that. 

Via: The Telegraph 
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And 75% of people need to eat better.. (sans those that sit to urinate)

Honestly don't know how people find the time to do anything on the toilet. Once I sit down, it's out. The rest of the time is spent washing up.

I have always wondered about how many other guys sit down to pee. I started 15 years ago after seeing a "splash" detector light around the base of toilet. Even if you aim straight, EVERYONE makes splashes and its just disgusting. Sitting down eliminates that.

rippleman said,
I have always wondered about how many other guys sit down to pee. I started 15 years ago after seeing a "splash" detector light around the base of toilet. Even if you aim straight, EVERYONE makes splashes and its just disgusting. Sitting down eliminates that.

I've been sitting down peeing since marrying my wife 12 years ago. It really does keep the toilet area cleaner for the ladies. You also don't have to touch yourself! Bonus!

JHBrown said,

I've been sitting down peeing since marrying my wife 12 years ago. It really does keep the toilet area cleaner for the ladies. You also don't have to touch yourself! Bonus!

If i didn't touch myself if i sat down to pee it would just wind up ****ing on the wall opposite me. Must suck for you.

I prefer to sit down too because A) It's more comfortoble and B) There's a higher chance of #2 and I like to be efficient.

I don't do it to eliminate urine stains. Oddly enough, I found that women leave more than men (excluding the influence of alcohol).

So gross.... people at my office do that all the time. They'll be having a mad case of mudbutt and making all kinds of nasty noises why chatting on the phone. If someone did that to me I would hang up on them, I don't want to heat that **** (no pun intended!)

Edited by Yusuf M., Mar 12 2013, 1:31pm :

Oh man, that really made me laugh out loud.

Whenever I'm on the phone with my buddy and I hear a splash, I just laugh and continue the conversation.

EWWWWWW, you guys are disgusting.. <strains> to think you use your phones like that while on the <strain> toilet.....
*wipes*
*flushes*
*washes hands*

No, we're not disgusting. We only use our phones before and after wiping. Unless germs can magically jump from my toilet to my phone, I'll happily continue using my phone in the washroom.

Guilty as charged. I've done it so often that my friends aren't surprised anymore when I tell them that I'm taking a dump (the echo is a dead giveaway). My rule is, use a phone as long as your hands are clean and put it in your pocket before you start wiping.

Do you need to read this article while you're eating? If you're so easily disgusted, simply navigate away or exit your browser until you're done eating.

i do it too, but i have a rule about gadgets in the toilet:
you're only allowed to touch them before you wipe and after you wash your hands.
and you absolutely have to be wearing something with pockets, because the toilet floor is no place for a gadget. EVER!

ikyouCrow said,
i do it too, but i have a rule about gadgets in the toilet:
you're only allowed to touch them before you wipe and after you wash your hands.
and you absolutely have to be wearing something with pockets, because the toilet floor is no place for a gadget. EVER!

Pretty much. Lets face it going for a crap is pretty boring and being able to read and poo has been the right of men for many years.

haha

A friend of mine keeps all his auto magazines in a special dedicated basket just beside the toilet! He also likes to light up a cigarette while he's at it. He's a true multitasking homosapien!

zhiVago said,
He also likes to light up a cigarette while he's at it. He's a true multitasking homosapien!

And you know this how?

gzAsher said,

And you know this how?

By witnessing the presence of the smoke and the ashtray in his bathroom, of course! rofl

And being efficient. I feel weird when I just sit there, doing nothing. Using my phone to respond to text messages or even answer a call or two makes it worthwhile.

I generally use my phone while on the toilet. I usually check my e-mails and check my news websites. I've even answered a phone call from my girlfriend a couple of times, who then asked if I was on the toilet due to the echo. I just said I was in the bathroom instead haha.

Techno_Funky said,
This I've done a quite a lot of time, also to try getting rid of that echo I get up and face towards the toilet window.
I don't have a window in my bathrooms but I found that putting a towel on the towel bar cuts down on the echoing.

clearly you have no idea what you are missing. it is fantastic to day dream ... they should also add the question - do you wash your ass afterwards otherwise you might be building some stalagmite(ctites) in there.

Gross. I already thought reading on the toilet was strange enough. People really need to get more fiber in their diets!

Stop lying, everybody spends their whole life on the toilet. I had one installed in my car in place of the driver seat so I can finally use my phone while driving like everybody else.

Mark said,
Gross. I already thought reading on the toilet was strange enough. People really need to get more fiber in their diets!

What are you talking about? Fiber just makes people have to go more often.

More Fiber = More Toilet Time = More Toilet Phone Usage