During one of the dreadful late-night conversations that freshmen in college have, my roommate casually mentioned something about the annoyance of taking off her shirt before pooping.
“Um, you mean you DON’T take off all your clothes to poop? Isn’t that gross?” She was completely shocked that other people didn’t do this. To her, getting fully nude to poop was the normal way, and it had never occurred to her that people actually pooped with their shirts on.
Our bathroom habits, especially about going No. 2, are formed around ages 3–5, and after that we rarely actually see another human actually pooping. So we have no idea if these little habits we’ve been doing since preschool are “normal” or not.
To find out what’s really going on the bathroom, BuzzFeed created a poll — Are Your Bathroom Habits Weird? — that ran over the weekend. Over 300,000 readers voted on their habits for 24 questions ranging from crumple or fold to texting while pooping.
As is typical of any article on the internet, not everyone finished it: 386K readers voted on the first question, but only 306K stuck around to vote on the second to last. Certain questions didn’t apply to everyone (i.e., tampons policy or urinal etiquette), so those had about half as many replies. Still, this is a HUGE amount of responses. This may be the largest survey in existence of pooping and peeing habits out there. This is basically the Margaret Mead of poop.
Here are the results to the Great BuzzFeed Bathroom Investigation.