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BUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their families

Does it seem like your partner spends A LOT of time in the toilet?

It may not be down to a dodgy curry the night before after all – as a new study has found that dads, like mums, need some ‘me time’.

And the best way they can get that well needed break? Hiding in the bathroom on their phone, apparently.

BUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their families

Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR hiding in the bathroom!

A study commissioned by Pebble Grey, a bathroom expert, conducted a poll surveying 1,000 men in the U.K.

They found that 45% of men claimed they hardly ever had any time to themselves, with a quarter of them revealing their partner didn’t understand how hectic their lives are.

25% of men in the poll admitted that toilet time was an important coping strategy for them and 23% called their restroom their personal ‘safe place’.

BUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their families

Why hide away in the loo? The poll found these 3 main reasons:

  1. To escape nagging partners
  2. To avoid household chores or noisy kids
  3. To use their mobile phone in peace

“We all need a little bit of time to ourselves – to take stock or switch off completely,” a spokesman for Pebble Grey said.

“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 is sacred and clearly men take the opportunity to get this where they can.”

BUSTED! Dads spend 7 hours A YEAR in the bathroom hiding from their families

Meanwhile, the poll found that 1 in 10 of their visits to the restroom were interrupted by partners and / or kids.

Amazingly, that works out to be 171 interruptions during the course of a typical year!

“Apparently some things aren’t sacred anymore – including being left alone to use the loo,” the spokesperson added. 

“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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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.