In today’s society, it’s not uncommon to bring “activities” with us into the bathroom. And, by activities, I mean our phones. Back in the day, people used to leave magazines and books in the bathroom whey knew they’d be in there for a while, but, now we have everything stored, saved, and accessible on our smartphones, so it’s easier to just bring it on down with us. A lot can go down while we’re on the bowl. Some people stalk their ex’s Instagram until they reach the very first photo ever posted. Others go on Tumblr to get deep into their depressive, emotional feels. And, then, others download games that are super annoying and send every one of their Facebook friend’s notifications when they need another life. Whatever you decide to do while you’re letting your bowels fly, there’s probably a 99.9% you’re doing it on your phone.
Where we can all relate, indefinitely, is the amount of time we spend on the bowl. It may take a good 5-10 minutes to finish our business entirely, but we’re sitting on the throne for at least an extra 10. We get so wrapped up in whatever we’re doing, we spend way more time than we anticipated on the toilet seat. In all reality, there are a lot of health risks from not only bringing your phone into the bathroom but also spending an extended amount of time on the toilet.
Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental health, at the University of Arizona told Viral Thread:
“When you flush the toilet, water with feces and urine sprays about six feet in every direction.”
Clearly, you should be closing the toilet seat when you flush your sh*t down the toilet, but, if you’re in a public bathroom, it’s impossible. So, when you do flush the toilet, not only do you have fecal matter on yourself, but it’s probably on your phone that you put on your face–gross, dude.
But, if that’s not enough to scare you away from taking your phone into the bathroom with you, maybe this will. A man from Zhongshan, Guangdong Province was recently hospitalized because he sat on the toilet for 30 minutes playing games on his phone and–his rectum actually fell out. I’m serious. According to Kan Kan News, Dr. Su Dan from The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University reported that the patient had been diagnosed with a “rectal prolapse.”
It basically means that the end of his intestine got detached from his body and fell out of his ass. After spending 30 minutes on the toilet, the patient had the prolapse reach so far out of his booty hole, it caused a 6.3 inch mass outside of his body. To make you feel a bit better,
“The patient has had rectal prolapse since he was four years old, but the bulge was able to retract in the past. But he did not have the condition treated, so the situation got worse.”
Essentially, it only happened because he had rectal problems before he sat on the toilet for 30 minutes, but, Dr. Shu said that the time spent on the bowl worsened his condition. The doctors indicated that although he had issues in the past, the condition got this bad because he spent this amount of time on the toilet. He had apparently never spent this long on the bowl, but, when he did, it weakened the muscles in his pelvis.