The bathroom is a sanctuary. Not only that, but it’s the best office that anyone could ever have. For years, I’ve made all my most important calls, sent my most important texts, and done my most ardent Facebooking from the throne. I’m not embarrassed to admit it.
But I thought I was in the minority. According to a study from marketing agency 11mark, I’m actually in the vast majority. It seems nobody can live without their phones while in the bathroom.
The study, IT in the Toilet, found that 75% of Americans admit to using their mobile device while in the bathroom. The most popular activity? Sending texts, with 67% of all respondents saying they’ve done that in the bathroom. While only 41% said that they have initiated a phone call from the bathroom, 63% said that they have answered one. Now you know what that hollow, echoing sound you hear while on the phone to your friends really means.
Men are more dependent on having their phones in the bathroom, with 30% saying explicitly “I don’t go to the bathroom without my mobile phone.” Only 20% of women said that.
And Android users are the most likely to use their phone in the bathroom – 87% said they have. Only 77% of iPhone users admitted to it.
Check out the infographic below for some more stats about phone use on the pot: