Toilet stories we just don't want to hear about

A study by Sanctuary Bathrooms interviewed 1500 people in the UK about the most annoying bathroom habits they've encountered - and what they have done themselves.

Alarmingly, one in 7 men admitted they have masturbated at work. Other disturbing findings include 22 per cent of men admitting not washing their hands after going to the bathroom at work and one in 10 admitting breaking something in the toilet, while 8 per cent admitted to having eaten food on the loo at work.

Commenting on the situation with masturbation at work, sex therapist Nicole Prause, Ph.D, said: "Men and women think about sex frequently, and those thoughts do not stop simply because they are at work. When sexual drive is very high, masturbation to orgasm is likely to reduce sexual distractions during the rest of the day. If a person feels especially distracted by sexual thoughts at work, it is very reasonable to use masturbation to reduce these distractions."

The study also revealed some interesting facts about tech activities in the bathroom.

Not surprisingly, 80 per cent of young people (16 to 24-year-olds) use a smartphone on the toilet.

Up to one third of them have updated their Facebook status in the bathroom and 30 per cent of young people have sent a Snapchat while sitting on the loo.

Using a smartphone on the toilet may seem ordinary to the younger generation, but that isn't true for everyone. Just 30 per cent of people aged over 55 use a smartphone on the toilet, compared with a massive 80 per cent of 16-24-year-olds and 75 per cent of 25-34-year-olds.

This article was first published in Human Resources.