(NEWSER) – In about 10 seconds, the words "why," "how," and "no" are going to escape from your lips, and we apologize in advance for that. But those are likely the same words that researchers for SCA, a Swedish global hygiene company, uttered as they compiled results from their 2014"Hygiene Matters" survey, which asked 13,000 people from 13 countries (including 1,058 people from the US) about their bathroom habits at work. Some of the findings, according to the SCA press release:
- A good number need their communications fix in the can: 25% of Americans head to the stalls to text, while a slightly lower number (23%) go to make a phone call.
- Some of the more furtive bathroom activities revealed in the survey include smoking (5%) and sleeping (5%, with more men than women admitting to restroom naptime). We do have to give a slow clap to the 7% who manage to exercise in the restroom. And, somehow, eating (8%) also found its way onto the list.
- "The workplace restroom is a personal sanctuary and safe place," as SCA puts it, which led to 10% of respondents copping to a good cry there (6% of men, 14% of women); 23% of women head there to "deal with the frustration of everyday work life" (compared to 17% of men), while more of the guys (21%) "[use] the space to spend a moment alone or get space from colleagues" (only 18% of the women do).