Extended bathroom breaks were all good and comfortable, right? Well, they wouldn’t be anymore because the new generation toilets are here to ruin the game. Yeah, I’m pissed too.
A UK startup called ‘StandardToilet’ has designed a toilet that you can’t sit on for more than five minutes. What’s so odd about it you may ask? Well, the toilet seat is sloped forward by about 13 degrees that make sitting on the toilet seat for more than 5 minutes an uncomfortable affair.
This comes after several UK firms noticed a hike in extended work breaks that was literally causing them money.
A survey conducted by Protecting.co.uk carried out in July 2019 across eight UK cities found that some people were spending up to 28 minutes in the bathroom while at work. And these extend breaks cost as much as £4 billion per annum’ to the UK’s industry.
The makers claim that besides ensuring people don’t spend more time in the loo, the seat also pushes health benefits like improving posture.
‘The StandardToilet provides Increased comfort through promoting the engagement of upper and lower leg muscles which helps reduce musculoskeletal disorders,’ StandardToilet said.
Though UK firms claim that time spend in toilets is time wasted, some think otherwise.
Charlotte Jones, who is a co-author of the Around the Toilet project, says that ‘viewing time spent in the toilet as a threat is the wrong way of looking at the issue entirely,’
‘I think the importance of the toilet as a refuge during the workday says more about inadequate workspaces, heavy workloads and unsupportive management, than it does about the workers themselves,’ he adds.