LONDON, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Nation's thinkers spend over a year in the bathroom during their lifetimes
Brits are finding inspiration in their bathrooms as the 'best room in the house' has become the hot bed of fresh thinking.
According to new research released today to celebrate Dyno Rod's 50th birthday, forty per cent of the nation claims their best eureka moments happen when they are having a soak in the tub or standing under a shower. In fact, our bathrooms beat the workplace hands down with only a mere 12 per cent finding inspiration in the office. And with the average Brit now spending at least 22 minutes in the bathroom every day - or over a year (449 days) during a typical lifetime - that's a lot of ideas to be had.
A place for reflection…and texting
The findings also show that the humble British toilet is a place for reflection with almost a quarter (24 per cent) of Brits citing this as the most popular thing - aside from the obvious- they do on the loo. Reading a newspaper or magazine comes a close second with almost a fifth of the nation (18 per cent). However, next time you receive a text from a youthful friend or relative spare a thought for where they may have written it - almost a third (32 percent) of 18 - 24 year olds admitted to texting whilst on the loo.
It's a matter of etiquette
Despite being berated on what seems like a daily basis, the nation's men are still not learning their lesson when it comes to the age old toilet seat left up issue. Almost half (45 per cent) of Britain's long suffering women still note this as one of their biggest toilet pet peeves - a fact completely lost on the ninety per cent of men who didn't see that as a problem at all. However, it's not the nation's top toilet bad habit with both sexes agreeing that being left high and dry with an empty toilet roll really takes the biscuit - a fact that almost two thirds agreed with (64 per cent).
As well as acting as a haven and a place to relax, it seems our toilets and bathrooms can also be a headache. Blocking the toilet still ranks at the top of the list of worst bathroom disasters (46 per cent), closely followed by finding a spider in the bath (42 per cent) - although amongst women finding a spider beats a blocked toilet every time (49 per cent versus 44 per cent). Women are also more likely to drop their mobile down the toilet with one in seven (14 per cent) admitting to the faux pas versus 10 per cent of men.
50 years of bathroom unblocking
David Alexander, Director of Dyno said: "Whether it's arguments over not putting the seat down or escaping to read the newspaper, the toilet is an integral part of our home. For the last five decades our engineers have been keeping the nation's toilets flushing and today carry out a job every 40 seconds.
"As a result, Dyno continues to help homes and businesses run smoothly across the UK and are delighted to be able to mark the last 50 years of Dyno-Rod with a golden anniversary of our own and are now looking forward to the next half a century!"
Notes to Editors
- Survey conducted on http://www.onepoll.com in June 2013
Total number of respondents - 2000 British people
- Dyno-Rod is the UK market leader in drains services, combing local expertise to get the job done
- Dyno-Rod is a franchise business which is part of British Gas, with over 700 engineers across the UK and Ireland
- Dyno-Rod un-block a drain every minute of every day.
- For more information visit http://www.dyno.com/50 or http://www.facebook.com/DynoRodUK