Before we dive into the specifics, we have to make a distinction betweentoilet time andbathroom time.
Toilet time refers to how long your ass is glued to thetoilet seat, actually doing your business. Bathroom time, on the other hand, ecompasses all the activities that can be done in the bathroom:bathing,shaving,hair styling, etc.
If your lady friend is shaving her legs and putting on makeup, it’s a no-brainer why she’ll spend a sizable chunk of her evening in the bathroom. But that’s not the issue at hand here: we want to know who clocks more toilet time.
“What’s Taking Her So Long?”
As any guy can attest, the lines at women’s restrooms can be staggering.
“When my girlfriend goes to the bathroom at a bar, I know that buys me at least 20 minutes,” said one DUDE Product user. “I can catch an inning of the ball game, or even order a sandwich.”
In Hong Kong,building regulations now specify there must be 1.6 female toilets for every urinal in public places to balance things out. If you’re wondering where the discrepancy comes from, these three points should clear things up:
1. The design of the bathroom
Bathroom stalls take up more space than urinals, meaning women have a loss less "usable" bathroom space to work with. An average bathroom area can have 20% to 30% more toilets for men than for women (that’s because men’s rooms have a mix of urinals and stalls). Accordingly, male bathrooms can accommodate more people at any given time.
2. The act of going to the bathroom
Studies show men take about a minute to pee, whereas our female counterparts take 90 seconds—50% longer. There are also the practical aspects such as stall doors being opened and closed, more clothes being taken off, and wiping that can elongate a woman’s time in the bathroom.
Women are alsomore likely than men to wash their hands and to use the hand dryer after using the bathroom—another variable that can result in a bathroom bottleneck.
The combination of these three factors leads to longer lines, especially at crowded venues.
THE BOTTOM LINE