Following yesterday’s post about sewer flooding we have come across another piece of World Toilet Day related research.
According to a survey carried out by TNS Omnibus on behalf of charity partnership Toilet Twinning, the smallest room in the house is a hive of activity. In addition to the obvious people tend to do three different activities whilst on the loo.
A quarter of us (8.9 million) take our phones in with us – to chat, text, email or update Facebook and Twitter. People in England are twice as likely as the Scots or Welsh to update their Facebook status or to post a toilet tweet.
Toilet going is seemingly a social experience as 5.5 million people (14 per cent) confess to chatting on the loo. Women are more likely to chat in person, while men tend to chat on the phone.
It seems we’re partial to toilet playtime too, as one in ten (3.6 million) reach for a personal games console, crossword or Sudoku.
But reading is the nation’s top toilet habit – with 12 million people (32 per cent) reaching for a newspaper, book or magazine.
Toilet Twinning’s survey was commissioned with a serious message in mind. One in three people worldwide lack a clean and safe toilet to use.
Toilet Twinning is a partnership between development charities Tearfund and Cord to improve access to decent sanitation, clean water and prevent the spread of disease in some of the world’s poorest communities.