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41% of Brits use a mobile device while on the potty

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41% of Brits use a mobile device while on the potty
Online retailer Pixmania conducted a survey of 2000 Brits to see what was going on behind the closed doors of...the bathroom. Or as they say in Britain, the loo. While sitting on the throne (remember, the country does have a Queen), 41% of Brits are using their Smartphone, tablet or eReader. A large majority of those using a gadget in the can, 65%, have a smartphone in their hand while 22% prefer a tablet to pass the time while on the toilet. 11% are happy just to grab their eReader and finish that novel that they started.

Shopping while on the toilet is something that 26% of those Brits surveyed admitted to. It seems like a strange place and time to decide that you really have to have that shirt or pair of new shoes. A majority of those using a mobile device in the bathroom, 51%, are surfing the web with news, sports and celebrity gossip web sites as the top destinations for those browsing the internet while in the bathroom.

For some reason, sitting on the potty reminds 25% of Brits that they need to check their social network sites while indisposed. An even larger percentage (34%) send text messages while doing their business. 10% have used the time to fire off an email for work.

Yes, things have really changed from the days before the cellphone became a necessity. Back then, a book or a magazine, or even a newspaper, would help pass the time away in the bathroom. Today, only 25% bring a magazine with them and just 10% take a physical book into the loo.

"Portable technology devices have changed both how and when we entertain ourselves and it seems that what goes on behind closed doors is no exception to this."-Ghadi Hobeika, Marketing Director, Pixmania.com

A separate study from Which? reveals that the average handset has 18 times the germs found on a toilet handle. A quarter of the phones were so dirty that they carried up to ten times the acceptable level of bacteria. One of the phones had such a high level of bacteria that continued use of the phone could have resulted in a stomach illness for its owner.

At 30 phones, the Which? survey was rather small, but did suggest that of the 63 million mobile phones currently used in the U.K., 14.7 million could be health hazards. In other words, you might want to think twice before borrowing someone's handset to make a call.

source: DailyMail

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posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:20 7

1. abcdeee (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Was taking a dump while reading this

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:23

11. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

lol i was too, i got bored and decided to see what was on pa today

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 14:25

15. ghaniosman (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

no wonder from where do all those filthy comments come from...

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:21 1

2. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

I read Phonearena while exporting chocolate too.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:27 1

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

After a few years, potties will have dual speakers with Boomsound technology, and NFC. So we can use our smartphones to play our favorite songs on it while we're making "chocolate".

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:37

4. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

*raises his hand

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:38 2

12. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

All the NSA hears are fart sounds

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:40

5. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

When I'm on the loo, I also treat myself to some High Tea and Crumpets, or as I like to say, "Dumpets."

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:41 1

6. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

Slow and crappy news day.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:57

7. deburocks (Posts: 126; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)

hahaha divided by countries ,united by wierd habits... Lol... And i used to think im d only one......SO Indians are nt the only one. Hehe.....

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:13 1

8. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

And the rest 59% lied! :D

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:19 1

9. sss_ddk (Posts: 74; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

The other 59% still carry their TV, Game console and cables. What a mess!!

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:22 1

10. papss (unregistered)


posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:52 1

13. SonyPS4 (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Thats why 39% GS2 owner buy Xperia Z because it is waterproof

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 11:41

14. Genersis (Posts: 219; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Yuck, I sure hope that's *before* wiping their backsides at least....

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 17:23

16. iWinDroid (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)

next phones will be PoopProof! :)

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 22:03

17. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

How long are you guys on the toilet that you are able to sit there and use your phone? I sit, do business, get up, and flush...never am I there long enough to whip out my phone and do a task nor would I want to get my phone dirty like that.

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 10:37

19. iWinDroid (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)

maybe IT sticks hard & they need to use their phones to kill some time :P

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 21:10

18. samnote (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Before cellphone i do the crosswords puzzle while pooping

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