We Finally Figured out What You're Doing in the Bathroom

February 23, 2017

The goal when you use a public bathroom is to touch as few things as possible.  And someone recently polled people to find out exactly how we do it.  Here are our top four strategies:

1.    Open and close the door with your butt, so you don't touch the handle.  35% of women and 27% of men do it.  45% of people said they use a paper towel.

2.    "Hover" above the toilet seat.  52% of women do it, which isn't that surprising.  25% of MEN also do it, which IS kind of surprising 

3.    Flush the toilet with your foot.  53% of women do it, and 41% of guys do.  35% of men and women said they push it with their hand, but use toilet paper or paper towels to act as a buffer.

4.    Use a paper towel to use the faucet.  39% of women and 31% of men do it. (It drives me up a wall when people use a paper towel to open the door when leaving, but instead of taking it back to their workspace and throwing it away, they throw it on the floor in the bathroom. Savages.)

Also, about 70% of people said they use bathrooms at specific businesses, because they know they'll be cleaner.


The top six things that annoy us in public restrooms are:

1.    No toilet paper

2.    The toilet is clogged or hasn't been flushed

3.    The latch on the stall door doesn't work

4.    It smells gross in there

5.    The overall appearance is gross

6.    There aren't any paper towels


Speaking of bathroom use, did you know that there is a new app that could let your boss know EXACTLY how much time you’re spending in the bathroom?

Bathroom breaks are the best part of the work day:  You're still on the clock and getting paid, but you get to be all alone with your thoughts and your phone.  And now some company wants to ruin all that.

 A Japanese company called KDDI just created an app that could let your boss know when you're spending an extra long time in the bathroom (because the Japanese are nothing if not efficient.)

The app is set up to monitor the stalls in all of the bathrooms in an office building. 

People can check to see if stalls are available before they head to the bathroom, which can save them the hassle of getting to the bathroom and finding it's totally occupied.  So that's good.

But the app can also send an alert to management if one stall has been occupied for too long.  And it's not hard to see how companies could quickly use the data from that alert to figure out which employees are burning the most time on the toilet.

The app is going on sale in Japan starting in March.  There's no word on when it might be available over here.