B.Reading athletes is a sacred, time-honored tradition. Toilet literacy has been a staple in homes for thousands of years: Ancient Romans kept libraries in their communal baths, and in the 18th century, Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, wrote that someone he knew was "not so good a manager of his time" not to lose even a small part of what the call of nature had obliged him to spend in the necessary house; but gradually you surpassed all the Latin poets in those moments. "(I highly recommend this great 2006 work at The New York Times about bathroom reading history – you know where to read it.)
Today, the phenomenon has expanded to include not only more time-consuming poison activity, but also fast-paced urine work. Since I've never used urine, I don't have firsthand knowledge of behavior, but male sources have informed me that glancing at a flashing screen while standing on one is a growing trend.
"I have a nervous bladder."
But number one is, of course, faster than number two. The panning lasts 21 seconds, on average, for all mammals, from elephant to mouse. This is hardly enough time to read the whole email, let alone respond to a text message, theoretically with one hand. So what forces these dudes to wipe their iPhones before they start their work?
Anxiety, it turns out, is a major cause.
This is the case for Travis, a Las Vegas-based video editor who asked to use only his first name because of the sensitivity of the topic. "I have really bad anxiety in public remediation, so sometimes I have to do it to divert my brain and tame it to allow me to write when there are other people around," he says. "Usually, it's pretty effective, especially if there are other things going on in the toilet. It's not like a magic medicine, but it definitely helps. “
"I have a nervous bladder. Reddit / my phone gives a perfect distraction to help me get a little faster, ”wrote one reddit user in a topic dedicated to the subject.
It is, apparently, a relatively common tactic for people with "paresis", or more easily understood as "shy bladder syndrome". There are very few case studies – making it difficult or impossible for people to drink in certain situations – and much of what we know is based on case studies and anecdotes. Occasionally, it is discussed in the subreddit for paresis, where they suffer from disorder go to commissioner. "Using my phone is a good distraction to help with writing, does anyone else rely on this?" I asked / dannyboy211098 in a post earlier this year. "I'm worried that I literally can't go without my phone now, which is scary when there are situations where I can't scroll through social media as a deterrent."
I can absolutely relate to this; as a sufferer of intensely generalized and societal harassment, it is likely that, apart from the opportunity I have seen at a party, I will be deep in my nose on Instagram. While using your phone to soothe occasional stress, it can be helpful to get through anxiety-inducing tasks – such as socializing or writing – not a healthy long-term habit.
"Using your smartphone is more like a crutch. Deterrence techniques such as this can be helpful in helping a person escape immediate distress at the moment, and in this case, may allow them to urinate successfully, "says David Hanley, a Denver psychologist who treats paresis. "However, it does not deal with this issue, but it does reinforce the issue."
Chanley recommends the "exposure method" – and no, not that kind of exposure. Instead, if you run into a public nuisance, deal with it. Leave your phone behind and let yourself stare at the empty wall in front of you until you can finally get rid of it. It's not the fastest way to use the toilet, but it's a faster and more efficient way of dealing with the problem as a whole, according to Chanley.
Most of the time, it's not that the urine user has a problem with effortless sawing – it's that they are addicted to their phones and unable to tear their eyes off the screen for even a second. That "addiction", in turn, leads to even more anxiety, as some urinary phone users are embarrassed by their habit.
Allen, a Massachusetts-based engineer, says he uses his urinary phone, even though he knows it is "embarrassing." When asked what he feels is embarrassing about it, he says it's because it illustrates his larger question of phone addictions. "I suspect that my addiction is related to wider problems with anxiety," he told me. "I really use my phone as a personal validation avenue so I can't help but use it to get a quick hit from Instagram or Twitter."
Athonathan Hamilton, who is based in Raleigh, North Carolina and runs a ridiculous block list, says his use of urine phones is relatively recent. "I have to say I didn't start last year and haven't had a smartphone since 2009," he says. "I don't know what has changed except being more active on Twitter."
Anecdotally, there's something like this: When I have Twitter on my phone, I'm very likely to stare at it when I have only Instagram. Apparently, social media is designed to create habits, though scientists are still debating whether it is "addictive" or harmful. However, there is no doubt that it can certainly feel that way when we can't hang our phones long enough for a 21-second piss. And that, in turn, can lead to some pretty funny scenarios.
"Textually in the urine? Really, my friend? “
"I'm bad at the phone and I accidentally shoot screenshots, which causes the sound of the camera," said John, a New York-based video producer who also asked to use only his first name. "I had more than one incident when someone else was washing my hands and I must think I took a picture of myself. Sometimes when someone comes in, I quickly make the phone look worse. “
Andrew, a "tech brother but one of the good ones" based in San Francisco, says he once had someone to comment on his use of a urinary phone – his boss. "Textually in the urine? Really, my friend? "That's what Andrew told me about his boss. "He's the only person who can get out of it. Because to say something would violate the iron law in the male room, which should never be talked about. "
For Aaron, a New York-based designer, the whole practice is just disgusting, so he is ashamed to do so. "You stand side by side with another person, pissing and fogging in the air. And while this is happening, hold on to your $ 649 smartphone with a box of fabric (!) That you will pull over for dinner. "(Aaron has a Pixel phone that comes with a fabric box.)" I have no idea why Google's official Pixel case is fabric, but it feels like a sponge. “
Queen Meyers, in a piece for the Dollar Shave Club, wrote a fantastic defense of the urinary phone user. As a woman who does not use urinals, my opinion on the matter may not be as valuable as his, but I must say that I disagree. Because it seems to me that if you use a urinary cell phone:
- Potentially worsening paresis or shy bladder
- Contributes to the dependence on smartphones
- It's disgusting because of germs
- Weirds other people out
Then, it seems wise to leave your phone behind, or at least in your pocket, when you're in the urine. Those Slack messages, or an incredible twitter thread, can wait 21 seconds. You may find the void of id in front of you mentally refreshing. Your mind can take a break!