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A recently released survey of the mobile phone habits of Americans, going where few other surveys care to go, has found that 75 percent of the populace have used their mobile devices while on the toilet. Among those aged 28 to 35, the figure is 91 percent.
The survey of 1,000 people by the marketing agency 11mark found that private contemplation has given way to toilet-time talking, texting, shopping, using apps, or just surfing the Web, by both sexes and most ages. Among those 65 and older, however, only 47 percent have used their mobile devices on the toilet.
It gets weirder. One-quarter of Americans say they will not go to the bathroom without their devices. While 63 percent have answered calls, 41 percent have called someone else while enthroned. Sixteen percent in the 28-to-35 group, the youngest sample surveyed, have made purchases there. A mere 8 percent of the oldest group have felt such retail urgency. Understandably, given their infrequent chances at privacy, people with children are more likely to talk on the phone than are the childless. Single people are far more likely than the mated to text.
Hope you are sitting down for this: 20 percent of males have at one time joined a conference call from the toilet. Thirteen percent of American women have participated in meetings from the john. That is every fifth male co-worker, and every eighth female colleague. Be grateful that location-based tracking is not yet so prevalent. Be worried about the rise of video on mobile devices. Ignore all background noises. Really.
I’ll admit to answering my cell phone while I was in there, for important calls that is. I don’t believe I have ever initiated any calls. I generally don’t text at all. If I ever hear certain noises while I am talking, I’m hanging up.
- Do You Text On The Toilet? (eoghann.com) No!
- Smartphone Owners Prone to Using their Devices in the Bathroom (pcworld.com)
- 63% of mobile users have made a phone call from the bathroom (bgr.com)
- Half of all water damaged phones dropped in toilet (somobile.co.uk) That actually happened to me. My cell phone slipped out of my pants pocket. I got it working again after it dried off, though I didn’t much want to use it afterwards.