Do you read while passing motion in the toilet?
February 24, 2007 7:00am CST
Everyone of us spend a lot of time passing motion in the toilet everyday. So, we should do something useful while in the toilet, to make use of this time. Most of us will do some reading or surfing internet. But according to some research, it's not healthy to read while passing motion. What do you think? Do you have such practice?
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7 Apr 07
Yes, I agree that it's not so good to read while passing motion.But if we have already treat it as a "practise", then it's not so easy to change this habbit, right? I read whilst get rid off my waste, it's because I dont't want to "waste time",I prefer to get some knowledge rather than "do nothing"!:)
31 Oct 07
I agree, it is not easy to drop a chronic habit in a short while. Since you consider that you still could make use of your precious time while you are passing motion, you might as well carry on your usual practice to acquire more knowledge in the toilet.
2 Apr 07
Yes, I read while passing motion, that is the only time I will have peace and silence. Nobody will come in and disturb you or come near me (because of the smell). It is the best moment to spend some time reading and make full use of the peaceful moment alone.
1 Apr 07
I don't practice such. I don't like to read while i'm in the toilet. But my DAd does this especially when he's pooing or defecating. He defecates every morning before taking a shower. And while doing this, he reads his daily newspaper. Sometimes we do tease him with his daily routine but he says that's what makes him fun! Reading newspapers while defecating. lol. :) Well, I honestly have tried this once, but i don't feel like doing it so on a seconde time. So I guess it will just depend on the person himself if he likes to do that or not. :)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I gotta say - I have never understood reading while sitting on the john. My hubby does it all the time - he can spend 30 minutes sitting there reading!! (I'm sure he would be mortified knowing that I just shared that with y'all!) I don't do a thing. I don't read, I don't play video games, I don't return emails, etc. I think. I ponder. I figure if I'm sitting there long enough to read or something, then I've got other problems that need tending to - like constipation!! LOL Now, you can call me anal (no pun intended!! Well, maybe . . .) but there's cross-contamination. Yack!
• United Kingdom
29 Mar 07
Glad I'm not the only person who does this, I actually sit and do my Suduko puzzle whilst on the toilet, I've never surfed whilst on the throne, sometimes it's a great way of having quality time alone, at least in my household there is peace when I'm on the toilet.
1 Mar 07
I do read during passing motion in the toilet, just want to make use of that time for reading. I seldom ever since i graduated. So the only i read is when i am in the toilet. And i will pick the most interesting or informative book to read. I read 'rich dad poor dad', 'Pursuave your way to success', 'Think and grow rich' and some other, surprisingly, in the toilet :)
3 Mar 07
It's good to make use of the time, coz time is gold. But if reading in toilet is not healthy, then it is really worth it to make use of that time frame for reading. I have read some of the books that you mentioned, they are not bad indeed. Thanks for your response.
24 Feb 07
A healthy person will not have such unhealthy practice coz they only spend a few minutes passing motion in the toilet. They never waste time to read or surfing in the toilet as you do. I'm wonder may be you should see the doctor for sign of constipaion otherwise you should not spend so much precious time in the toilet passing motion as the constipated people do.
24 Feb 07
Hahaha, i never thought of that. In fact, staying in toilet will take at least 2 to 3 minutes. It seems like a short while, but when accumulated through out the year, it can sum up to a minimum 15 hours which can let you finish many pages of book. But i know it might harm our health is we read while in the toilet, according to some expert. Just wonder if people around the world will make use of this short time frame to do some reading or other activities. Coz "time is gold". Thanks for your response btw.
24 Feb 07
No, I don't read when I'm in the toilet. I think it's quite disgusting while holding a book in one hand and pouring water in the other. My sister likes to read books in the toilet though and enjoys making me feel exasperated whenever she brings in my books to read in the toilet. Oh, I did not know that is is an unhealthy practice. Not healthy in what way? I also did not know that there are people who surf the Net in the toilet. haha! That's weird.
24 Feb 07
Actually i don't read while i am in the toilet too. I forgot about the theory on how it affect our health. It somehow distract us when we are passing motion and related to nerve system. (if i remember correctly :) I will need to find out the details. With a Wireless network router, a laptop and broadband internet service, it's not impossible for us to surf net while we are in the toilet nowadays :) Thanks for your response!
31 Oct 07
Yeah, every man has his liking, as long as you consider it is healthy, of course you could enjoy reading your favorite books in the john. There, my friend, your poor numb butt clearly told me why it is not healthy to read in the john lol...
• United States
7 Apr 08
First of all, I love that expression "passing motion in the toilet". I'll have to remember that one. Second of all, no I never take anything to the bathroom with me. I figure I'm so clumsy I would probably drop it in the toilet, yuck! I don't want to go fishing in my toilet anytime soon. And last, where in the world did it say it was not healthy to read while using the bathroom? I would think that it would be more relaxing and help the situation. You know, if you were constipated or whatever. Anyway, you'll have to let me know where you heard that at, it's kind of got my curiousity in a pinch. Take Care!
8 Apr 08
Hi dear Amber, thanks for your compliment as to honor the expression so much. I do find you have phrased quite an amusing saying “to go fishing in my toilet”. It is really a good analogy for that situation. Yeah, reading really help to distract our undesirable attention on what we are doing. This is quite true as some of my friends did tell me about their experience in this matter. I had read the research regarding the unhealthy habit of reading in the toilet from the local Chinese newspaper years ago.
31 Oct 07
Yeha mate i love to do that whenever im in the potty trainer LOL.. because one i dont concentrate much on the pressure that i need to boost out. Two, keeps my mind busy and just enjoy sitting in the hot seat. And you know youre entertained well whilst yer there.
• United States
7 Apr 07
I do read while passing motion. I do believe that is a tradition that was passed down by my dad. When he went into the bathroom and that was the business he had to do he would always take newspapers in with him. We all better have gone before he went in there because we knew it would be a very long time before he came out again. All of my brothers and sisters do the same thing.
31 Oct 07
Oh, I come know you do have this habit of reading in the john was cultivated since you were a young kid due to your dad’s behavior. So every morning all of you have to pass motion before your dad using the bathroom. If not you will have to wait for quite a long time until your dad comes out.
31 Mar 07
I often listen to music in the toilet, just because I have radio on during the day, and I can hear the music also in my toilet:) Second thing is thinking (I'm good in it, I spend a lot of time doing it, hehe, also in the toilet). No reading, I need more time to read than 2 minutes:)
22 Mar 09
This is a three years old discussion. the time when I started mylotting. I needed to check all the pages to make sure that I am not double posting here. Although the other post must be from old account. No, I don't read news paper while in toilet because we use Indian toilets seats where you can't sit with comfort. The old style one. We only can sleep in that posture but can't read. So, I tend to sleep and my family members started shouted. That was in past because these days I do use them in early morning.
23 Mar 09
Hi sanuanu, I blush to tell you here I had made two mistakes when sending my gratitude for receiving a best response from you few days back. I had placed the comment two comments in wrong places. I don’t mind to hear your laughter for I’m really sorry for doing that in a hurry. I actually couldn’t figure out why can you sleep on the toilet seat, but couldn’t sit and read nicely on it. To me, it seems rather weird and I haven’t come across such type of Indian style toilet. You know other members of your family couldn’t use the toilet if they really need it urgently if you just occupy and sleep in it. No wonder they would shout at you. Nice to learn it is only an old story only. Happy posting and good luck.
24 Mar 09
Well, I did get a thanks from you for that post and the funny thing was that at a time you were the first to respond as well as the last to respond. Which shows how much care you have for me. Thanks pal! I am attaching a photograph of indian toilet. Alas! I can't get a photo in which a person is passing motion by sitting on it. One has to place their foot on the flat portion and then sit on feet by bending the knees! I hope you could understand!
27 Mar 09
I’m afraid that you would get blurred after reading so I rather spent some time to make everything clearly. I feel relieved you finally understand the mistakes I have done. This is why you can see the responses in the same discussion. Thanks for sharing the photo here to make clear about how the Indian toilet looks like. We do have such type of toilet in our place. We call this squatting pan toilet, and I do have one beside the kitchen. I have another one with toilet seat in my bedroom bathroom. We can put down the toilet cover when the toilet bowl is not in use. We always keep our toilet clean all the time, so we could enjoy reading when sitting on the toilet pan even the bowl is closed with the cover. I prefer to use the squatting pan toilet when visiting public toilet for it is cleaner and more hygienic. Squatting is always better than sitting when using public toilet, as we could keep our body away from contact with the toilet bowl