Everyone needs alone time. Men, women, children — you name it.
But according to a recent survey, men do not get enough of it.
‘Nagging’ partners, avoiding children and/or chores, or getting the chance to look at their mobile phones undisturbed were the main reasons men hid away for a total of seven hours a year, according to researchers.
The poll consisted of 1,000 men who most likely took the poll silently locked away in a nearby bathroom.
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But it gets even better.
Researchers discovered men didn’t even use the bathroom to go relieve themselves.
They used the bathrooms as their cones of silence, devoid of any disturbances be it, man, woman or child.
Bathroom experts Pebble Grey revealed in additional research that one in 10 visits to the bathroom are interrupted on average.
If you do the math, that is 171 times during the course of the year.
And bathroom time is sacred time.
“We all need a little bit of time to ourselves – to take stock or switch off completely.” a spokesman said.
“And the bathroom appears to be the go-to place for those moments – it’s very much a sanctuary, somewhere we can cut ourselves off from the outside world, albeit just temporarily. As the results suggest, peace and quiet is sacred and clearly men take the opportunity to get this where they can – often in the bathroom.”
I have been saying that for years!
It is found in the research that disturbances include these interactions from either the men’s partners or from the children. And 45 percent said getting time, if any, to themselves is an uphill battle. A quarter claimed their partner does not appreciate just how busy their life actually is.
Okay, things start to get a little sad just a heads up.
The study also found that 23 percent describe their bathroom as their ‘safe place’. It was also reported that 25 percent of men went as far as saying if they could not get that escape to their bathrooms from time to time they ‘don’t know how they’d cope.’
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Okay, friendly mental health PSA here….
If your “you” time is the seven hours a year in the bathroom, we have some major problems.
This sounds like a boundary-setting/avoidance issue and while there are certain responsibilities men must uphold for their partners and children (if they have any) — to be a good caretaker, you first must, must, must take care of yourself.
Be it a weekend trip in the Rockies, a planned golf outing or drinks with the boys, if you can’t have an honest discussion with your partner (or are brave enough to bring it up) about getting some alone time in your life — then maybe you are with the wrong partner.
The truth hurts but hey, do you really want to spend hours in a safe place where smells go to die? I didn’t think so.
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