What do you use your mobile phone for in the toilet? graph of japanese statistics

This is a genuine survey that is not really quite silly enough for a Sunday, but since it’s a Sunday I can have more fun playing with the results, as can be seen in the graph above, generated from the results of a recent survey conducted by iShare into using mobiles in the loo.


Between the 30th of May and the 2nd of June 2008 743 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a members-only internet-based questionnaire. 56.1% of the sample were male, 25.8% in their twenties, 35.0% in their thirties, and 39.2% in their forties. All of them were pre-screened as users of personal mobile phones.

I occassionally write email in the toilet cubicles at work, and judging from the rattlings of mobile phone straps, so do quite a few of my colleagues. I’ve never quite gone as far as sneaking off explicitly to email, though. I’ve once seen someone at a urinal talking on the telephone, which I thought was just a bit much.

If you want to celebrate your furtive phone use, or protect your phone against falling down the pan (or perhaps not), the people at Strapya do a lovely line in golden poo-shaped mascots and straps.

Research results

Q1: Have you ever used you mobile phone in the toilet? (Sample size=743)

  All Male
Frequently do so (to SQ) 13.5% 17.7% 8.0%
Sometimes do so (to SQ) 35.7% 36.2% 35.0%
Don’t do so 50.9% 46.0% 57.1%

Q1SQ1: What sorts of things have you done in the toilet? (Sample size=365)

  All Male
Email 87.4% 87.6% 87.1%
Check news 25.2% 31.1% 15.7%
Voice call 21.4% 21.8% 20.7%
View mixi, other SNS 18.1% 20.4% 14.3%
Run applications (including games) 17.3% 19.6% 13.6%
Watch One Seg TV, view movies 5.8% 7.6% 2.9%
Change wallpaper, ring tones 5.5% 8.9% 0.0%
Download 4.1% 5.3% 2.1%
Other 3.0% 2.7% 3.6%
No answer 0.5% 0.4% 0.7%

Q2: Have you ever gone to the toilet specifically to use your mobile phone there? (Sample size=743)

  All Male
Frequently do so 2.0% 1.7% 2.5%
Sometimes do so 28.7% 28.3% 29.1%
Don’t do so 69.3% 70.0% 68.4%

Q3: Have you ever dropped your mobile phone into the toilet bowl? (Sample size=743)

  All Male
Yes, and broke it 9.4% 7.4% 12.0%
Yes, but it didn’t break 6.7% 4.8% 9.2%
No 83.8% 87.8% 78.8%

Other toilet-related questions sadly not reported on included have you ever recharged your phone in a cubicle (I wonder if people unplug the electric toilet seat and use the socket?), have you ever left your phone in the toilet, and why do you use your phone in the toilet.

1 Comment

Japánok - Daily best · July 5, 2009 at 09:29

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