Sometimes you just want some privacy, especially when you’re streaming the latest episode of some must-see TV. But if you’re spending your downtime binging on Terrace House, you might want to be careful where you’re sitting. According to a Netflix user survey, 12 per cent of respondents admitted to watching Netflix while using a public restroom. Yeah. (How many people are watching Netflix from their home bathrooms? Netflix didn’t say, but we’re guessing it’s a much larger percentage.)
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While you might be enjoying the extra minutes spent on the can watching Bojack Horseman, your body (along with other restroom patrons) would rather you didn’t spend too much time lounging on the toilet. Prolonged and strained number two sessions can result in hemorrhoids, which can irritate your anus and lead to bloody bowel movements.
The ideal potty time duration should be under 10 minutes, according to University of Pittsburgh psychiatrist Gregory Thorkelson, MD. That might not seem like a long time, especially if you’re enjoying your favourite show from the comfort of your commode. Don’t hurt yourself because you just had to finish the second season of Stranger Things. Besides, entertaining yourself while using a public restroom inconveniences everyone else who needs to go. And did we mention that it’s gross?