How long is too long on the loo?

Life can be stressful and overwhelming at times. There are only a few places where you can escape to find a safe, quiet space, where no one would ever dream of disturbing you. Enter everyone’s favourite place of solace, also known as, the toilet.

Not many people would dare ask, “What took you so long in the toilet?” Why? Because it’s no one’s business (and you may not want to know). But why do people sometimes spend so long in there? What are they doing? And how long is too long? We’re answering the questions that matter:

Some light loo reading

Why do you think so many toilets are adorned with magazine racks? People love a bit of light reading on the loo. And as unhygienic as it may be, in the mobile age, a lot of that reading is happening on our phones – opening up so many more opportunities for lingering a little too long.

Reading on the loo is so entrenched in society it dates all the way back to the Ancient Roman bath houses which would often have libraries with scrolls for reading to pass the time more effectively. In fact, before toilet paper was invented, newspapers served the dual purpose of reading material and (highly uncomfortable) toilet paper.

Tweet from the toilet

One of the most common things people do while using the toilet is another form of light reading: scrolling through social media platforms like Twitter. Social media has been compared to drugs as the addiction is real for many users, but there’s no denying the escapism these platforms provide.

Even the US President can’t resist firing off a few tweets from the throne. So what’s stopping you? Bravely share that photo of your lunch while you go about your business. #Blessed

Do you have to let it linger?

Passing the time in peace in the bathroom as you catch up on the latest news and watch some InstaStories, don’t let yourself get carried away. If you sit for too long, you run the risk of exposing yourself to germs and worse of all – developing haemorrhoids. Ouch.

Experts say you shouldn’t spend more than 10 minutes on the loo at a time. So pull yourself out of that Instagram rabbit hole, and save the rest of that YouTube video for the next visit. Your rear end will thank you.