Bathroom Habits: The Difference Between Men and Women

Bathroom Habits: The Difference Between Men and Women


When it comes to bathroom practices, men and women have many similarities. Yet, the differences may surprise you. Here’s a look at how bathroom habits differ between the sexes.

Toilet Paper Usage

When it comes to toilet paper, are you a crumpler or a folder? A 2000 study from MIT found 38 percent of men and 52 percent of women crumple toilet paper instead of folding it. Ten percent of both men and women say they don’t have a preference.

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Hand Washing

A survey of 100,000 people in Europe, conducted a couple years ago, revealed that only 60 percent of women and 38 percent of men wash their hands after using the bathroom! Somewhat predictably, the percentages go up when another person is in the bathroom.

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Bathroom Entertainment

A 2012 survey showed 75 percent of respondents said they use their smartphones in the bathroom. Thirty percent of men said they always need to have their phone in the bathroom while just 20 percent of women said the same.

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Who Takes the Longest?

While there hasn’t been much research done when it comes to studying the length of time spent in the bathroom, there are some facts to consider. First, urinals take up less space than toilet stalls, so in equal-size spaces, a men’s bathrooms can accommodate more people at once. That also means lines in women’s bathrooms are often longer as a result.

In all, the average time both men and women spend in the bathroom each day (which includes bathing) is right around 30 minutes, according to one study.

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