According to the survey conducted by OnePoll, half of all Americans hide in the bathroom for alone time from family, especially when there are more people present in the home.
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Do you need some alone time? It turns out that the majority of people use their toilet whether they need to or not. According to a recent survey of 2,000 people, 51% of Americans hide out in their bathrooms to get some much-needed peace and quiet.
It seems to happen more frequently when there are more people present in the home. When compared to childless, single respondents, parents who still have children in the home are three times more likely to seek refuge in the bathroom (62% vs. 23%). Unsurprisingly, kids between the ages of three and twelve were the noisiest family members (61%) – twice as noisy as teenagers (36%) and three times as loud as adults (23%).
According to the survey, which was carried out by OnePoll on behalf of Masonite, the typical respondent requires four to five hours of alone time each day in order to feel their best. Even when they are hosting family or friends at their home, 77% still require that private time, and over 81 % believe it is crucial to designate quiet or private rooms.
While on a phone or video call, 50% of people claim to frequently hear noises from other rooms of the house, including TVs and sound systems (70%), appliances (64%), and other family members talking or moving around (63%). However, two in three people (63%) claim that sound travels relatively easily through their home.
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“When families are working, resting, learning and playing together at home, it can be chaotic,” says Jennifer Renaud, Chief Marketing Officer of Masonite, in a statement. “It is important to create quiet spaces that provide the sense of peace and privacy that everyone craves.”
Given this context, it makes reasonable that people would use the bathroom as a quick getaway. This may explain why 26 percent of people always close the toilet door after themselves, regardless of what they are doing. Nine out of ten people (90%) are still concerned about hiding their bathroom noises, particularly when they are showering or bathing (50%), using the toilet (46%), or “singing in the shower” (43%). Nearly one-third (29%) of people simply pretend it never happened when they overhear something humiliating for themselves, and nearly twice as many (43%) turn on music to block out the noise.
“Closing a door – or adding one, such as a sliding barn door – can help keep sound where it belongs, but it will be most effective if it is a hinged door with a solid core,” says Renaud. “Sound travels more easily through a hollow core door, so choose a solid core door which is designed with more sound-dampening material.”
Between November 1 and November 2, 2022, Masonite hired 2,000 general population Americans to participate in a random double-opt-in survey. It was conducted by OnePoll, a market research firm, whose employees are Market Research Society members and corporate members of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).