A survey of 1,000 men found that, on average, they spend a total of seven hours a year hiding in the bathroom. The main reasons are: For some quiet time, to get away from their partner nagging them, to get a break from their kids, to avoid their chores, and to use their phone.
The research also found one in 10 visits to the bathroom are interrupted on average – that’s 171 during the course of a typical year. In the study, it was found that disturbances are most likely caused by the 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.”
Forty-five percent said getting any time to themselves was a struggle and a quarter claimed their partner does not appreciate how busy their life is.
Twenty-five percent of men went so far as to say if they couldn’t get that escape to the bathroom from time to time they “don’t know how they’d cope.”
And 23 percent describe their bathroom as their little refuge – 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.”
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Singapore Will Abolish School Exam Rankings For One Good Reason
Learning is not a competition.
In an initiative that aims to encourage further learning among young students, the government of Singapore has officially announced its plans to abolish the age-old student ranking system for primary and secondary school. With this move, students' class positions will no longer be reflected in their school report books beginning next year.
In a statement, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung summed it up this way: “The change is to allow each student to focus on his or her learning progress and discourage them from being overly concerned about comparisons.”