Posted on September 27, 2018 by the Pebble Grey Team

The Great Escape

A third of British men admit to HIDING OUT in their bathroom to get some peace and quiet, according to a study.


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Statistic obtained through OnePoll in September 2018

In addition to getting some quiet time, they’ll also escape to the toilet when their other half is ‘nagging’ them and to avoid the children.

Chore avoidance is also a key reason – as is the chance to look at their mobile phone undisturbed.

Commissioned by bathroom experts, Pebble Grey, the research found 1 in 10 visits to the bathroom are interrupted on average – that’s 171 during the course of a typical year!

Pebble Grey Director, Helena Linsky said: “We all need a little bit of time to ourselves – to take stock or switch off completely.

“And the bathroom appears to be the go-to place for those moments – it’s very much a sanctuary, somewhere we can cut ourselves off from the outside world, albeit just temporarily.

“As the results suggest, peace and quiet are considered sacred and clearly men take the opportunity to get this where they can – often in the bathroom.”

The research found those polled are most likely to be disturbed by their partners – although children aren’t far behind.

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Statistic obtained through OnePoll in September 2018


In fact, 25% of men said if they couldn’t escape to the bathroom from time to time they ‘don’t know how they’d cope.’

For a third, going to the bathroom is the only way they can get any time to themselves.

While 23% describe their bathroom as their little refuge – their ‘safe place.’

14% revealed they store items such as magazines, books and even food for those times they hide away in the bathroom.

Despite being their place of calm, 44% of men admit their partner still tends to clean the bathroom most often.

A further 1,000 women also took part in the survey carried out through OnePoll and 72% agree they’re ones who tend to keep it spick and span.

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Statistic obtained through OnePoll in September 2018


And the bathroom isn’t just a refuge for men – more than a fifth described it as the place they go to escape everyone and get some much-needed peace.

So perhaps it’s no surprise 1 in 10 households have even resorted to introducing a ‘do not disturb’ rule when the bathroom is in use.

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Statistic obtained through OnePoll in September 2018


Although 85% of those of who have introduced this STILL get interrupted.

Helena Linsky at Pebble Grey said: “Apparently some things aren’t sacred anymore – including being left alone to use the loo.

“So it’s no wonder so many households have introduced rules to prevent disturbances.

“Sadly though it seems few people adhere to this rule or respect the hallowed ground that is the bathroom.”

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