TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2012 — If you answered yes, you’re not alone. You’re actually part of the norm. A new survey of 1,000 Americans with mobile phones found that 75 percent use them in the bathroom.
The survey results, compiled by the agency 11mark, are pretty germy. Among people between the ages 19 and 35, the stat jumps to 91 percent. While 92 percent of people surveyed claimed to wash their hands after using the bathroom, only 14 percent wash their phones.
So what are people doing, exactly, with their phones on the toilet? According to the survey results, reading texts and answering a phone call (what?!) were the top tasks, followed by sending texts, reading emails, and initiating phone calls (again — what?). A small group of the respondents, 10 percent, said they’ve made online purchases. Talk about multitasking!
Men reported greater attachment to their phones than women. Browsing the web ranked top toilet-to-do among the guys, followed by answering work-related phone calls. Think about that next time you’re on a conference call.
Maybe it’s not a lack of hand-washing but overuse of phones on the loo to blame for the high number of cell phones in Britain (one in six) thought to be contaminated with fecal matter.
In that case, smart phone use on toilet may not be so smart.
If you just can’t help but stay connected, at least make an effort to disinfect your trusty communication device. A little rubbing alcohol can go a long way. Just look up cleaning instructions for your particular phone first. If you break it, what will you do in the bathroom?