America’s Favorite (and Unusual) Bathroom Activities

What’s happening in the stall next to you?

Did you know that most Americans spend an average of 30 minutes per day in the bathroom? If that’s surprising to you, how about this: one in four people spend over an hour in there on a daily basis. We all know roughly how much time it takes to do your business, and it couldn’t possibly take that long to answer nature’s call. So the question is, what are people doing in there?

Before you let your mind wander too far, here are some of the most popular activities going on in bathroom stalls across America:

Catching some z’s

Yes, it’s true! The 2014 SCA Hygiene Matters Survey revealed that 5 percent of people admitted to sleeping in their office restroom. Whether it’s because they couldn’t sleep the night before or they’re just bored out of their minds, these folks (mostly men, sorry guys) seek refuge in the bathroom. So while you can’t avoid making noise when you flush, consider your drowsy co-workers and shhhh.

Chowing down

After you finish cringing, check out the details on this startling revelation: 8 percent of Americans admit they eat in their workplace restroom! Seriously? Although we can all relate to “working through lunch,” it’s hard to come up with a reasonable explanation for this one. Whether they’re cheating on a diet challenge or stretching the boundaries of multitasking, those who eat in the john need to take a moment to rethink this activity. Just saying.

Staying fit

 Can you picture this? You’re in the bathroom, using it for what it was intended, and suddenly you see hands on the floor and hear someone huffing and puffing in the stall next to you. Toilet presses – really? While it may be hard to wrap your head around this one, 7 percent of those surveyed said they exercise in the company restroom. We’ve got to admire their commitment; now if only they could apply that stamina to their workload.

Taking a drag (or two) 

Although it’s not always strictly legal (a majority of states have passed laws forbidding it), there are still some people who can’t wait for their lunch break to go outside and have a smoke. Do they think nobody knows? Is the office restroom that big? Hmmm. Whatever their reasons, 5 percent of SCA survey respondents said they’re smoking in the boy’s room (again, more men than women).

Checking in

Cell phones can be truly addictive, and the fact that 75 percent of Americans admit to using their phone in the bathroom proves it. If you’re one who makes calls, checks emails, sends texts, or scrolls through the status updates on Facebook while you’re in the loo, you can take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. But since you know where your phone has been, don’t forget to wash your hands!

Chilling out

Work can be overwhelming at times, we get it. That’s why it’s not all that shocking to learn that a lot of people seek refuge in the office bathroom to regain their composure after a stressful interaction with a co-worker or boss, or to just have a moment alone to catch their breath. Seems legit, especially given the fast-paced world we live and work in. And if you happen upon a co-working weeping in the john, be a sweetie and give them their space.


Everyone needs a break now and then – that’s why it’s called a RESTroom, after all. And if it’s your job to keep the office bathroom fully stocked, you’ll love the savings and special deals at ReStockIt. Whether you need toilet paper, cleaning supplies, ink, toner, copy paper, or anything else for the workplace, you can be sure we’ve got it!

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