If you're reading this on the toilet, do not feel ashamed.
A new (albeit sponsored) study suggests the average American spends 16-minutes daily on an electronic device while on the porcelain throne. Yes, daily. And the things people do during those long trips to the bathroom are kind of gross when you think about it.
The study, from bathroom product maker Lysol, was conducted while researching a new product, according to a press release.
Here are the results, with commentary in parenthesis:
- 57 percent read a tweet, Instagram feed, or Facebook update. (This is normal. Everyone does this.)
- 5 percent post a vine video. (This is absolutely unacceptable, unless there is like, a REALLY cool spider on the wall or something.)
- 36 percent of employed Americans have emailed a boss, coworker or client from the toilet. (Think about this the next time you read an email marked URGENT from your boss.)
- 17 percent post or “Like” Facebook content. (This is where 48-percent of "At first I was angry, then I came to tears" video shares come from.)
- 27 percent have viewed a friend’s profile while using the bathroom, followed by a family member’s (24-percent), a celebrity’s (13-percent). ("I wonder what Aunty Karen is up to? Oh, no, the toilet paper roll is empty.")
- 24 percent send text messages regularly while using the bathroom. (Poop emoji)
- 54 percent have purchased clothing when shopping online, and 31-percent have bought groceries while using the bathroom. (We really are the generation of multi-taskers.)
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