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Do you usually read when you go to the bathroom?

Yes and I'm a guy
57
45%
Yes and I'm a girl
18
14%
No and I'm a guy
35
28%
No and I'm a girl
6
5%
Otter/Duck
10
8%
 
Total votes: 126

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Reading in the bathroom

Postby Zohar » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:06 pm UTC

I mean if you read anything - a book, a newspaper, the ingredients of the nearest shampoo...

I've a feeling that guys read more in the bathroom than girls and I'm wondering how right I am. If I am right, any ideas why?

edit: Hmmm, I can't add another option (I posted it without the "no, girl" option). Can a mod maybe add that for me please?
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Postby Ren » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:07 pm UTC

Why is there no "No, and I'm a girl" option?
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Postby aldimond » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:07 pm UTC

Your poll, as it stands, can only give you biased results :?

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Postby Zohar » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:08 pm UTC

Wow you reply fast. I meant to add that option but I can't now. Maybe because someone already voted?
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Postby Jesse » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:09 pm UTC

I fixed it for you. No worries.

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Postby arbivark » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:09 pm UTC

i do, books. my computer doesn't like to get wet.
i guess reading in the tub is one reason i don't usually take showers.

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Postby Zohar » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:09 pm UTC

Thank you. :-)
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:10 pm UTC

Ren wrote:Why is there no "No, and I'm a girl" option?

Zohar FAILS.
Zohar wrote:the ingredients of the nearest shampoo

Zohar WINS.
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Postby Ren » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:10 pm UTC

I read the Bathroom Readers and Archie comics.
It just seems appropriate for some reason.
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Postby chilibaka » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:21 pm UTC

I usually read some computer or bicycle magazine, never anything serious like books.

Although it doesn't count as reading, I also confess to playing Puzzle Quest on Nintendo DS couple of times.

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Postby Yakk » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:25 pm UTC

So, there is a problem with "usually". Usually when I go to the bathroom, I don't read: I'm brushing my teeth, taking a shower, or taking a piss, and there isn't time and/or dry unused limbs to read anything.

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Re: Reading in the bathroom

Postby Ended » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:26 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:the ingredients of the nearest shampoo...


Yes! Seriously, Tolstoy has nothing on {L'Oreal Elvive, bathroom}.
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Postby deadly penguin » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:29 pm UTC

I'll usually bring the most boring reading material I've been assigned. I have issues concentrating, but it's so much easier while on the toilet (...for some reason).

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Postby LSK » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:31 pm UTC

Ren wrote:I read the Bathroom Readers.

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Postby bavardage » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:41 pm UTC

I sometimes read the dutch on the shampoo bottle, then try to work out dutch words from the english. From the top of my head: "Je haar ist voll leven" means your hair is full of life (or something like that.)
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Postby zenten » Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:57 pm UTC

The only time I read in the bathroom is while having a bath, and that isn't even common (both because I'm also not usually reading in the bath, and because I usually shower instead).

Oh, and twice as many girls read as don't, while the ratio is smaller for guys. However, I think the dataset is still too small to say with any certainty.

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Postby Twasbrillig » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:03 pm UTC

Ren wrote:I read the Bathroom Readers and Archie comics.


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Postby rockintom99 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:30 pm UTC

I have never really liked reading in the bathroom. :shrug:
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Postby kcr » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:31 pm UTC

I take the book I'm reading at the time... or, at any given time, there is likely to be a book or two stacked on the back of the toilet tank. My family is full of readers. possibly, over-enthusiastic readers.

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Postby Lani » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:33 pm UTC

My ex would disappear in the bathroom for hours while reading some book or another. I never have and never will understand why anyone would want to read while using the bathroom - I would much rather read curled up on my couch with my dog or kitties curled up next to me.
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Postby une see » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:51 pm UTC

It depends, really. If I think it's going to be a short trip to the bathroom, then no reading. However, if I feel like I might be going for egestion, then sometimes yes.
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Postby Klye » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:02 pm UTC

I usually read Calvin and Hobbes. Though sometimes word search puzzles work good too...
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Postby Azquelt » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:06 pm UTC

I don't read in the bathroom, if I do I end up sitting there too long. I usually have headphones on though.

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Postby warhorse » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:43 pm UTC

I post to XKCD forums while in the bathroom.

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Postby __Kit » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:51 pm UTC

I love reading in the bathroom, but say if I don't really have to 'tr'y or am especially quick I won't bother.
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Postby sebbeklang » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:20 pm UTC

beetle bailey and donald duck magazines

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Postby lukkucairi » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:21 pm UTC

obsessively.

if there's not even a tube of toothpaste to read ingredients from, I'll take the change out of my pocket and read the dates off all the coins.

I know no men who do this, but two other women who do :)

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Postby Jesse » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:26 pm UTC

lukkucairi wrote:obsessively.

if there's not even a tube of toothpaste to read ingredients from, I'll take the change out of my pocket and read the dates off all the coins.

I know no men who do this, but two other women who do :)


I do this. But I am verging on obsessive compulsive with my reading (Definitely compulsive, not quite obsessive yet.)

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Postby Klye » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:26 pm UTC

Azquelt wrote:I don't read in the bathroom, if I do I end up sitting there too long. I usually have headphones on though.


I don't know why, but that seems really strange.
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Postby Invisible Queen » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:31 pm UTC

I do everything in the bathroom, to save time. Well, really just reading and sometimes eating. And occasionally sleeping.

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Postby Mother Superior » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:32 pm UTC

Oh yes, almost always. I definately have two or three books that have been read from cover to cover exclusively while in the bathroom. It's one of the few places you can truly relax, I find.

My mom and dad for some bizarre reason have a clock in their bathroom. Watching the clock while doing your business is like, the most stressful thing I can imagine!
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Postby space_raptor » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:39 pm UTC

I have started books because I needed something to read while going to the bathroom.

The part I hate is when there's nothing to read, and I'm dancing around the house looking for a book, or a newspaper, a National Geographic, ANYTHING, because I'm going to the bathroom, and I want to enlighten myself while I'm in there, dammit!
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Postby kilgore trout » Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:52 pm UTC

I have a small bookshelf in my bathroom to shelve my boyfriends toilet literary companions. I do not read in the bathroom though, I am a germ a phobe, afraid of dirty bathroom germs coming in contact with my precious books.

What about people who talk on the phone while doing their duty? There is nothing worse than hearing someone flush while on the phone with them. I think bathroom phoning is typically a male phenomenon-any ladies willing to fess up to doing this?

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Postby Joeldi » Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:07 am UTC

space_raptor wrote:I have started books because I needed something to read while going to the bathroom.

The part I hate is when there's nothing to read, and I'm dancing around the house looking for a book, or a newspaper, a National Geographic, ANYTHING, because I'm going to the bathroom, and I want to enlighten myself while I'm in there, dammit!


Ditto, but it's not about enlightening myself, I just NEED to have something. I think it's about having something to do with my hands more than anything. If the PSPs sitting in there, I'll play that rather than read.
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Postby space_raptor » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:13 pm UTC

Joeldi wrote:Ditto, but it's not about enlightening myself, I just NEED to have something. I think it's about having something to do with my hands more than anything. If the PSPs sitting in there, I'll play that rather than read.

Well. I'll read Maxim, if it's all that's available. Not necessarily enlightening. I just feel like I'm wasting time in the bathroom anyways, might as well get some reading done while I'm in there.
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Postby German Sausage » Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:19 pm UTC

Mother Superior wrote:Oh yes, almost always. I definately have two or three books that have been read from cover to cover exclusively while in the bathroom. It's one of the few places you can truly relax, I find.

My mom and dad for some bizarre reason have a clock in their bathroom. Watching the clock while doing your business is like, the most stressful thing I can imagine!

a metronome would be worse.
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Postby gmalivuk » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:20 pm UTC

space_raptor wrote:I have started books because I needed something to read while going to the bathroom.

The part I hate is when there's nothing to read, and I'm dancing around the house looking for a book, or a newspaper, a National Geographic, ANYTHING, because I'm going to the bathroom, and I want to enlighten myself while I'm in there, dammit!


Yeah, I do that from time to time. I really need to go, like, bad, but there aren't any books in there, so I cause nearly unbearable delays looking for some printed material to bring in with me.
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Postby wocket » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:21 pm UTC

I keep my copy of the Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in the bathroom specifically for this purpose.

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Postby Phenriz » Thu Jul 05, 2007 4:23 pm UTC

if you don't read on the shitter, you aren't human.

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Postby stuck » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:01 pm UTC

I don't read in the john. I'm not in there for long enough. I eat well, you know? Also, if i had a reason to be on the john for a long time then I sure wouldn't be interested in reading - I'd probably be sick.
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