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Toilet Texting Is Trending Up


toilet_texting_postcards-r09e8ff4e3ae04adea52d4b4083b77513_vgbaq_8byvr_512There’s a good possibility that you are reading this post while multi-tasking. By multi-tasking I mean sitting on the toilet.

That was the opening sentence of our post, “Texting Is In The Toilet” from February 1, 2012.

This whole subject is ripe for puns…so we’ll do our best to keep a straight face. But no promises.

Since we wrote “Texting Is In The Toilet” additional research has shown toilet texting has grown. The survey was commissioned in Britain by Sony and O2, which are marketing a waterproof smartphone in that market.

Three-quarters of the 2,000 people surveyed admitted to using their phone while on the commode. One-quarter of men said they chose to sit on the toilet instead of stand, just so they could keep chatting. What? C’mon man!

59% had texted while doing their business, while 45% typed out entire emails. In the U.S. 75% of smartphone owners admit to using their phone while on the toilet.

We’re doing business while doing our business! Sorry. Couldn’t resist that one.

If you’re really into technology while on the toilet our friends up in Kohler, Wisconsin, the Kohler Company, have possibly outdone themselves with this wonder of IT and toilet technology.

The Kohler Numi toilet includes advancements like a Bluetooth receiver for streaming music right to the toilet, an SD card for music playlists or a “personalized welcome greeting,” (who doesn’t want to be greeted by their toilet?) and ambient lighting with seven color options.

Other features include a LCD touchscreen, a USB port, a built-in personalized bidet and deodorizer, and dual-flush technology that promises 0.6 and 1.28 gallons per flush. And, of course, the requisite heated seat and foot warmer.

Here’s the problem with the Numi. It’s features encourage longer stays. Which makes for congestion on the commode. So do you need a second Numi? At $6,500 most people would say no, but Kohler hopes you say yes.

Combine an elevated bathroom experience with a tendency to email or text while on the toilet and the bathroom may become the ‘office’ of the 21st century.

Thanks to JD in IL for the heads up (sorry) about the Numi.


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