Digital age extends to loo

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THREE-QUARTERS of Britons text, blog or surf the internet while on the toilet, a poll reveals.

Some respondents passed the time during their bathroom visits by thinking about their next meal (14 per cent) or even eating or drinking (6 per cent), according to the research.

Despite 18 per cent admitting they had suffered from cramps or pins and needles, nearly two-thirds were unaware that sitting on the loo for too long could cause haemorrhoids. The survey of more than 2,000 Britons was carried out by Yakult to mark the launch of Gut Week, which aims to raise awareness of digestive disorders.

While newspapers and magazines are traditionally associated with an extended toilet session, modern-day trips to empty bowels appear to have taken on a digital nature. More than a third (34 per cent) of those polled said they had sent a text message while on the loo.

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