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article imageMost American workers admit using a cellphone in bathroom

By Kim I. Hartman     Jan 31, 2012 in Technology
If you hear the flush of a toilet or the sound of running water in the background next time you call a colleague on their cellphone don't be surprised, a new study shows three out of four Americans admit to using their phone in the bathroom.
"Seventy-five percent of Americans are texting, emailing, and yes – as you may have heard – talking on the phone in the bathroom," according to an 'IT in the Toilet' survey by 11mark.
The look into cellphone usage found that 30 percent of men and 20 percent of women agreed with the statement, "I don't go to the bathroom without my mobile phone."
An equal number of men and women admitted to using their cellphone in the restroom to take a call. 41% said they had initiated a phone call from the bathroom, and 20% said they had participated in conference calls while in the loo.
And it doesn't end there.
Respondents to the survey also admitted to texting while toileting, surfing the web, and making online purchases while in the restroom stall.
Between the sexes men were more apt then their female counterparts to handle business from the privacy of the bathroom.
Gen Y respondents were more likely to use their cellphones from the toilet then older generations. When it came to cellphone brands, more Droid and Blackberry users admitted to using their phones while indisposed then iPhone users.
“The writing is on the stall,” says Nicole Burdette, principal, 11mark. “This study confirms what we all know – that the last private place is no longer private. And, that the 'mobile-everywhere' phenomenon is flushing out a host of new opportunities for savvy communicators.”
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