A recent survey has revealed that half of British men have admitted that they have hidden in the bathroom. They were not playing hide and seek. What were they hiding from?
These men revealed that they often took time out in the wet room to avoid the kids when they are playing up and their better halves if there is an argument brewing.
Rather than face their partners it seems that many men decide that discretion was the better part of valour and they should make a hasty exit to the bathroom.
So what do they do in there if they are not in the bath or on the toilet? Do they do something useful like clean the basin or shine the bath taps?
No, it seems that these men who hideaway in the bathroom play games on their phones. They may also listen to the radio or catch up with the football results.
The bathroom, they say, is the only place they can be sure of absolute privacy. They can lock the door and escape their responsibilities.
Interestingly, a tenth of men take to the bathroom to avoid the soaps that their wives or girlfriends are watching. They prefer real soap to the fictional kind it seems.
A fifth had been chastised by their partners for spending too long in the bathroom and over thirty percent admitted that they spent longer on the toilet than their partner.
Many men use the bathroom as a place to calm down. They don’t need a good hot bath to do this just a lock on the door and some peace and quiet.
However, another survey has revealed that most of us do not sit in silence on the throne. Three quarters of men and women use their mobile phones in the bathroom.
Over 60% take a call whilst on the loo and more than 40% will dial up a friend as they contemplate their navel. If they are not talking than they will either be reading texts or surfing the net.
A third of men will not go the bathroom without their mobile and 20% will actually do some work as opposed to the business they have gone in their to do.
So whilst there are some men seeking silence in the bathroom there others who want to stay connected even at that most private of moments.
These days there is no hiding place from the world.