A survey of 1,000 men revealed that they spend seven hours a year on average hiding in the bathroom. The main reasons are: For some quiet time, to get away from their nagging partner, to get a break from their kids, to avoid chores, and, of course, to use their phones.
The research also found one in 10 visits to the bathroom is interrupted 171 times on average a year. In the study, we learn that disturbances are most likely caused by men’s partners, with interruptions from the kids not far behind.
A spokesperson for bathroom company Pebble Grey said:
“We all need a little bit of time to ourselves – to take stock or switch off completely. And the bathroom appears to be the go-to place for those moments – it’s very much a sanctuary, somewhere we can cut ourselves off from the outside world, albeit just temporarily. As the results suggest, peace and quiet are sacred and clearly, men take the opportunity to get this where they can – often in the bathroom.”
A little below 50 percent said that it was a struggle for them to get some time alone. Meanwhile, a quarter of them shared that their partners do not realize that they have a busy life.
Twenty-five percent of men even said that if they wouldn’t have the chance to hide in the bathroom, they “don’t know how they’d cope” while 23 percent described their bathroom as their “safe place.”
One thousand women also took part in the survey, and more than one fifth described their bathroom as the place they go “to escape everyone and get some much-needed peace.”
The spokesperson added:
“Apparently some things aren’t sacred anymore – including being left alone to use the loo. So it’s no wonder so many households have introduced rules to prevent disturbances. Sadly though it seems few people adhere to this rule or respect the hallowed ground that is the bathroom.”
As it turns out, this hiding spot is not just beneficial for men, but for women as well.
Wanting a “me” time is not selfish at all, it just means that we needed a little break to recover.
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