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35% of users admit to using tablet in bathroom, 65% probably lied

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35% of users admit to using tablet in bathroom, 65% probably lied
Back in June, Staples Advantage conducted a survey of a statistically sad 200 people. Staples Advantage is the business-to-business arm of Staples, and the aim of the survey was to see how people use their tablets. The overwhelming majority of respondents (80%) said that owning a tablet created a better work/life balance. It seems that a tablet might make quick work tasks easier when on the move, and would therefore free up time for life. 

According to the survey, that theory looks to be working too, because 60% of respondents said that they were able to get more work done with a tablet. 40% of respondents said they bought their tablet in order to stay more connected to colleagues. 75% said they checked e-mail on their tablet, but only 33% review and edit documents. So, it seems that tablets may be better for connections than productivity in general. 

Of course the survey wasn't all business. It also found that 78% of respondents used their tablet in bed, 30% in restaurants and 35% in the bathroom. And that last one is where we take issue. We all know that Steve Jobs' aim with the iPad was to create a device that was for more than just web browsing on the toilet. And, Steve was highly successful, because the iPad also allows you to browse the web, check e-mail, watch TV and movies, read books or magazines, play games, or (if you don't have much shame) chat with friends while on the throne. That said, we find it hard to believe that only 35% of people have used their tablets while taking the Browns to the Super Bowl. We'd guess that at least 40% of respondents were a bit shy, and lied on the survey. 

Interestingly, while 95% said that their tablet was a companion device to a laptop/PC right now, 60% think that eventually their tablet will be their primary computing device. We're not sure exactly what would constitute being the primary device, but it would seem likely that text input needs to be made a bit easier before tablets can really take over. 

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posted on 23 Aug 2011, 22:14 1

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Hey why read a book or newspaper when taking a dump when you can use your tablet....

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 22:27 1

2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I aint gonna lie, i have ;)

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 23:20

3. Abdul92 (Posts: 43; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


I never take a dump without my galaxy 10.1 in hand

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 00:30

5. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Oh look, another Fandroid trolling Apple.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 01:31 1

7. wumberpeb (Posts: 445; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Really? Sounds more to me like you're a bit insecure

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 01:27 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 14168; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i take my tablet to "work" with me all the time. screw being modest, its much easier to read the news on a tablet than a phone :)

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 02:19 1

8. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I do the same!!!!! f**k papercuts!!!! LOL

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 04:23

9. Owlet (Posts: 447; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Yep, I always take either my tablet or phone.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 04:47 2

10. shayan (Posts: 150; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I dont own a tablet. so, i take dump with my iPod, or my galaxyS.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 05:24 1

11. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


No, for me i reserve the toilet for books and not phones.
Reasons why...
1. If you sit and play angry birds on the toilet you can sit there for hours.
2. Don't want to drop the phone in the toilet, or somewhere else disgusting place...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 05:56 1

12. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


I always use my iPad in the toilet.. It's tradition!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 11:03

13. kickinbass (Posts: 26; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


I'm using it right now. People lie anyways when they say they do not use it in then Can. Its the only place you can read in peace and no kids when your dropping bombs and online. Sweet! Yu agree right.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:13

14. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Maybe I'm a bizarre exception, but I've never understood the need to do things while on the toilet. How much time do you people spend in there? I've never ONCE read a book or magazine or taken my phone or a gameboy with me.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 15:54

15. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 397; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Hehe all the time! Me and my iPad are bathroom buddies! ^_^

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 17:44

16. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I play cut the rope synchronized..

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