The things I find at work


It’s funny what you come across as part of the working day. I found this the other day. 

According to a survey carried out by TNS Omnibus on behalf of charity partnership Toilet Twinning for World Toilet Day (I bet you didn’t know there was one), the smallest room in the house is a hive of activity. In addition to the obvious, people tend to do three different things while they’re 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. I confess to checking Facebook and posting the odd 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 apparently more likely to chat in person – because when they’re out they ususally go to the loo in groups, while men tend to chat on the phone – because they don’t. 

It also seems we’re partial to toilet playtime too. One in ten (3.6 million) of us 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. I for one enjoy a good read in the bog because it’s the only place in the house that I can get any peace and quiet. 

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.

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