April 16, 2021

Why should not use the phone in the toilet?


Not only making the smartphone a dangerous germ, using the phone in the toilet also makes you waste a lot of time and “addiction” worse.

Results of a survey in the UK showed that the average British spend more than 3 hours a week sitting on the toilet. This is well above the recommendation of 10-15 minutes per day, which is about 1 hour 45 minutes per week. Cell phones are the main cause of this. About 75% of Americans also admit they use a cell phone when using the toilet.

Illustration: Brightside.

However, there are six reasons why you should not sit for more than 15 minutes in the toilet.

The phone becomes the “playground” for germs

Phone is very easy to be a medium for harmful germs and bacteria in the toilet. They “take” the germs from where you put the phone, then spread it to your hands, spreading to your genital area. Or your phone can pick up germs from any surface in the bathroom while you’re washing your hands or rinsing.

Studies have shown that phones are one of the causes of MRSA (antibiotic resistant staph) spread. This means that a random patient could be infected with the phone.

You may have hemorrhoids and rectal problems

According to doctors, it is normal to sit for less than 15 minutes in the toilet bowl. However, spending more time than that can put unnecessary pressure on the rectum. Hemorrhoids are one of the most serious symptoms of long sitting WC, followed by prolapse of the rectum.

You can’t really relax

Viewing the phone will not only make your brain work in a stressful mode, it will distract you from other activities as well. If you want real relaxation, when you go to the bathroom, try relaxing and relaxing. By activating your body, you will also activate your brain.

You will easily treat toilet time as a way of “hiding”

A 2016 study found that many of those using a cell phone in WC saw it as a way to hide negative emotions. In addition, the same study also showed that students use their phones to combat boredom. Hence, constant use of the phone as a coping strategy can have a serious impact on our own mental health.

The upside from research is that the phone actually helps some people cope with stressful situations. Research from the University of Cambridge and a recent study by the University of Southern California have also shown that being away from phones can be extremely stressful for many millennials.

You waste your own time

According to a study by Florida State University, Michigan State University and Washington University, we all spend an average of 90 minutes a day surfing our phones, which is about 3.9 years of our lives. This means that our phones can distract us from our work and daily activities. According to this study, employees waste about 5 hours per week on non-work-related minutes.

You become an ‘addict’

One of the three main symptoms of phone addiction is anxiety about leaving home without your phone with you. The remaining two things, include the fear that you may not be able to send or receive messages. Although scientists don’t often use the word “addiction” for this situation, the reality is that the signs are showing that phone addiction is real.

Most addictions are related to the transmission of the hormone dopamine. Phone addiction provides a similar experience, as users feel happy every time they interact with someone. Negative results of overuse include low self-esteem, anxiety, and even depression.

Thuy Linh (According to Brightside)

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