Why we can’t put our cell phones down after sex and on the toilet – but really, really should

Why we can't put our cell phones down after sex and on the toilet - but really, really should

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  • That could be dangerous, I guess. Yes, 44% of these said they had hurt themselves by falling or crashing into something while distracted. Then half said they had pulled their phones out during a wedding. Weddings are often on a Saturday – how else are you going to keep a tab on the scores? And a third at funerals and wakes. I can see that could be seen to be disrespectful. And then there’s the toilet: 90% said they regularly use the phone while on the loo. What else are you supposed to do? Just your business, maybe? Also, what about hygiene issues? And have you considered security? Is someone at the NSA watching you, with your pants round your ankles …?

  • Age: Just out of the polling booth. We use our phones all the time and everywhere, according to a new survey of 1,098 American adults conducted by the games website Solitaired. Certainly not! Is it true that people are glued to their phones? To be honest, I had no notion… Please, no more sarcasm. You might not realise how serious it is. There is no such thing as a hallowed place or occasion. So go ahead and give me some examples. After intercourse, 40% of respondents stated they check their phones right away. After? During this time, I double-check mine. Please remind me not to… you know. Anyway! A whopping 99 percent admitted to using their phone while watching TV. What are the activities of the 1%? Probably simply sitting in front of the television. People used to be able to focus on one subject at a time, like in the bygone days.

OK, OK, I’m going to stop it. I’ll read one of those loo books instead – do they even still do them? I dunno, but that might not be the answer. Spending too much time sitting on the toilet isn’t the best idea and could lead to piles, whether you’re reading trivia or playing solitaire on your phone. Which is what Solitaired does, incidentally. Oh, I see. So a games developer finds that people like to do things – play games, for example – on their phones? To be fair, there are plenty of other surveys backing this up. A YouGov survey in 2019 found that 57% of Brits use their phone while on the toilet – in the under 30 age group, that rose to 86% of men and 84% of women. So I see why you’re not surprised; we’re hooked, just look around … Oi, I’m talking to you, why are you looking at your phone?

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