Survey Says: 87% Android Owners Use Their Device on the Toilet

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 31, 2012

Here’s a funny survey: 87% of Android users admitted to using their device while on the toilet.

11mark surveyed 1000 Americans and discovered neither men nor women are going to the bathroom empty-handed. They found out that 74% of men and 76% of women use their mobile phones in the bathroom. Out of this number, 63% of people take calls and 41% initiated a call. Moreover, 67% read text messages while 38% surf the internet.

Surprisingly, men are the ones who are more attached to their smartphones compared to women. 30% of men said “I don’t go to the bathroom without my mobile phone,” only 20% of women answered yes to this. 20% of men also work from their bathroom cubicle; while only 13% of women do this.

On the subject of which smartphone people use on the toilet, 87% of respondents use their Android device, while 84% and 77% were BlackBerry and iPhone users, respectively. Compared to BlackBerry users (who answered phone calls), Android and iPhone users were most likely using a social network or an app on the toilet.

“The writing is on the stall,” says 11mark’s Nicole Burdette “This study confirms what we all know – that the last private place is no longer private. And, that the ‘mobile-everywhere’ phenomenon is flushing out a host of new opportunities for savvy communicators.”


How about you? What do you do when you use your smartphone in the loo? Let us know in the coments below.


Show Press Release

New IT in the Toilet Study Shows Americans Aren’t Spending Alone Time Alone
Study Highlights Americans’ Habits Behind Closed Stalls

Alexandria, Va., January 30, 2012 – Three-fourths of Americans with mobile phones report they use their phones in the bathroom, according to a new study by 11mark, a new integrated marketing agency. Americans are texting, emailing, and yes – as you may have heard – talking on the phone in the bathroom. Approximately one quarter of Americans report they don‟t go into the bathroom without their phone. The new report, “IT in the Toilet,” uses the “bathroom benchmark” to examine just how connected we have become.

The survey of 1,000 Americans reveals that neither men nor women are going to the bathroom alone today – 74 percent of men and 76 percent of women report they have used their mobile phone in the bathroom. 63 percent report they have answered a phone call, and 41 percent have initiated a phone call. Many (67 percent) have read a text, and 38 percent have surfed the Internet. Men are a bit more attached, however, with 30 percent reporting, “I don‟t go to the bathroom without my mobile phone,” versus 20 percent of women. Men also work more from the bathroom – 20 percent say they have participated in work-related calls versus 13 percent of their female colleagues.

Droid users are slightly more likely to use their phones in the bathroom overall; 87 percent have used their phone while indisposed, versus 84 percent of BlackBerry users and 77 percent of iPhone users. BlackBerry users are most likely to answer a call in the bathroom. 75 percent of BlackBerry users report they have done so, versus 67 percent of Droid and 60 percent of iPhone users. But, Droid and iPhone users are more likely to browse a social network or use an app (in the bathroom) than their BlackBerry colleagues.
As expected, Gen Y respondents are the heaviest IT in the toilet users. Ninety-one percent use their phone in the bathroom, but older generations are not far behind. Eighty percent of Gen X report they use the phone in the bathroom, as well as 65 percent of Boomers, and 47 percent of the Silent Generation (guess they are no longer silent.)

Americans are using apps to connect to their favorite content, quickly – 59 percent of Gen Y, 43 percent of Gen X, and 22 percent of Boomers have used an app in the bathroom. While online, they are doing more than just surfing; 16 percent of Gen Y report they have made an online purchase while in the bathroom. iPhone users are particularly likely to browse and buy in the bathroom – 22 percent have made a purchase, versus 10 percent of Americans with mobile phones overall.

“The writing is on the stall,” says Nicole Burdette, principal, 11mark. “This study confirms what we all know – that the last private place is no longer private. And, that the „mobile-everywhere‟ phenomenon is flushing out a host of new opportunities for savvy communicators.”
The “IT in the Toilet” study is based on an online survey of 1,000 Americans with mobile phones in October 2011. To learn more and download the full free report, please visit

About 11mark
11mark is an integrated marketing agency that serves up innovative communications solutions. We offer independent counsel and big ideas to help clients influence opinions, shift perceptions, and win in competitive markets. 11mark is a 300Brand company. For more information, visit

  • LOL in toilet !! No i don’t use any device in toilet

  • Anonymous

    Sanitization — how do we sanitize our phones witbout messing up any useful coatings? Even if you dont use your phone on the toilet, I bet you use it constantly while your out and about without washing your hands first. So every germ that ever was on your hands is on your phone. Then you find a reason to touch your phone while your eating. This is a big problem. Wish I new of a product or method that I could use to sanitize this thing without hurting it.

    (Sent from the toilet!)

  • xorob0

    I’m going to read this with my galaxy nexus on the toilette !!!

  • Snake Plissken

    Oh my god, I loaded up my news app and saw the headline of this article JUST as I sat on the toilet O_O I am being absolutely serious. This just creeped me the hell out.

    – Sent from a scared dude on his toilet.

  • Penny

    My boyfriend and I were just joking the other day about watching TV on the toilet. We don’t have a television set in our bathroom, but we do have a Sling Adapter and we use the DISH Remote Access app on our Androids to watch our live programming and DVR recordings. My husband joked that since he downloaded the free app from DISH, he spends most of his TV watching time on the toilet. I was a little grossed out because the DISH Remote Access app works everywhere there is Wi-Fi or mobile 3G network, so he does it in public bathrooms too! I originally got the Sling Adapter from my job at DISH because I thought it would be useful to have TV on my mobile devices, but now I’m not so sure I should have shared it with my boyfriend.

  • Fanless

    And what percent of fanboys have their crapple on the toilet???

  • Vady00

    Wile i was reading the head line i see my wife getting up from the bed grabbing her nexus one and to the “powder room”, 20 sec later I open the reader, picture loaded i start laughing and tooled her that someone placed a camera in our bathroom and i can see her :D, probably my Asus T1 is on the washer now anyway
    To bad is just a image and not flash some sound will be nice with that image

  • Wolves89

    I surf the web, take calls and watch shows or movies. Ends up that im in the bathroom for a long time

  • Ayman Kouzayha

    Android owners loves their phone, iPhone owners just carry it because they think it’s fancy!

  • plumbonline

    In this article they say that a third of Americans aged between 18 and 24 use their smartphones, laptops and tablets in the loo.

  • jeff

    Totally true story ! Msg sent from my toilets!