For parents, the bathroom can often feel like a sacred space, as toilet time becomes your one chance to escape and enjoy a bit of uninterrupted alone time, even if it’s just for a moment. Or at least, that’s how it was before we were all trapped in our houses for a year, as a new survey shows that quarantine has managed to destroy virtually all bathroom boundaries between couples.
The new study, commissioned by Natracare and conducted by OnePoll, surveyed 2,000 Americans who were living with a partner since at least the start of the pandemic about how their bathroom habits had changed over the past year. Unsurprisingly, the numbers showed that any sense of bathroom privacy that used to exist has all but disappeared.
Of those surveyed, 70 percent said that they had taken a bath in front of their partner for the first time this year because who says romance is dead? But the changes weren’t all bubble baths and shower talk. Of course, the real change we are all wondering about is toilet habits.
30 percent of respondents admitting that they had peed in front of their partner for the first time during quarantine and nearly as many (25 percent) said that they had pooped in front of their partner over the last year.
Perhaps once quarantine is over, couples will re-establish these boundaries, and going to the bathroom will once again become a solitary activity. But it seems far more likely that these lines that have been crossed cannot be uncrossed and whether you like it or not, your bathroom has probably become a permanently shared space between you and your partner and will remain that way long after this pandemic has ended.
But at the very least, maybe you both could go back to not pooping in front of each other because none of us really want that, right?