Doctor Warns You Should Never Sit On The Toilet For Longer Than 10 Minutes

By Abdul Rafay in Health and Fitness On 29th November 2023
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Many find that the only time they get any alone time during the day is when they use the bathroom to relieve themselves.

This leads to them reading a magazine or browsing through social media on their phone for 10 minutes or more while using the bathroom.


While engaging in this kind of activity while using the restroom is not unusual, you might want to reconsider the next time you watch endless TikTok videos.

65 percent of 9,800 respondents polled for a NordVPN research stated they always carry their phones with them when they go to the bathroom.

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The Gen-Z group (ages 18 to 25) comes in second place, with respondents aged 26 to 41 using their phones to the bathroom the most across all nations polled.

You are more likely to use your phone in the bathroom if you are in Spain, where over 80% of respondents to a poll claimed to use their phones to pass the time.


These figures are undoubtedly more concerning than you may imagine, though, as spending an excessive amount of time on the toilet might have unexpected health consequences.

The perfect moment was revealed to the website Launcher by a gastroenterologist, a specialist in the digestive system.

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NYU Langone gastroenterologist Dr. Roshini Raj stated: "You generally don’t want to spend more than on average about 10 minutes."

The doctor went on to say that sitting for extended amounts of time on the toilet can cause hemorrhoids and occasionally even enlarged veins, which can cause pain in the anal region.

However, the doctor did caution that this may possibly be related to the toilet's design.

She said: "So the actual anorectal area is hanging a little bit lower than the part that’s supported — your thighs.”


"Just by that position, gravity is causing everything to hang a bit, and that is causing pressure on the veins.”

"So even if you’re not straining, if you’re just sitting there thinking of something else, doing something else, there is some pressure being applied to those veins."

Dr. Raj added: "I see a lot of people who get food poisoning or catch different things by not having good hygiene practices in the bathroom.”

"I just think generally speaking, if you’re on the toilet having a bowel movement or trying to have a movement, you shouldn’t be using your fingers on anything else."


The next time we find ourselves in the TikTok bubble while using the restroom, we'll definitely be rethinking.

Although smartphones offer entertainment experts suggest moderation and thoughtfulness.



For the next bathroom break, consider healthier and intentional phone use.

Reevaluate smartphone habits for a balanced and mindful approach in private moments.