Why It’s Time To Stop Taking Your Phone Into The Bathroom

By Dan Foley, the CEO and co-founder of Tailored Ink, a boutique copywriting and marketing firm based in New York City

This is not an article about hygiene. Yes, it’s gross when you realize that somewhere between 38% and 75% of people take their phones with them to the bathroom — especially in the Covid-19 era.

But, again, this is not an article about hygiene. It’s about happiness, productivity, creativity and the dangers of taking your phone to the bathroom (even in the best of times). 

Working From Home? Why You Need A Break From The Screen

Working from home has its benefits. I’ve been doing it since I started my business six years ago, and I’m the first to sing the praises of killing the commute. But I also know all too well the drawbacks of working from home — and they mostly involve screens. 

The average American spent as much as12 hours in front of screens each day before Covid-19. I can’t speak on your behalf, but according to my phone, my daily screen time has increased dramatically since February. The biggest reason? I don’t need to meet clients in person anymore.

The average American commute time is around 27 minutes, which is nearly an hour round trip. For a lot of people, that time has been replaced by more smartphone, TV and computer time.

Going out to eat? That, too, has been replaced by screen time. Bar hopping? Zoom happy hours with friends. Hitting the gym? Working out in front of a YouTube video. We are bombarded by screens all day. Every single day. Now more than ever.

So, why do we need to bring our phones with us to the bathroom?

Benefits Of Taking A Screen Break

A lot of research has been done on the harmful effects of blue light and how bad staring at device screens can be for you. I take all of it with a grain of salt, but some of the studies are pretty compelling. Some even claim that constant cellphone use leads to increased anxiety and depression.

A lot of this comes from screen separation anxiety. That’s when you feel uneasy or lonely if you can’t send a message right now or you find yourself grumpy when you’re away from your phone for any period of time.

Some people who experience screen separation anxiety also experience a loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed. They have a desire to use their phone when they’re supposed to be focused on something else, even if it’s dangerous or prohibitive to do so.

Then there’s the one I see most: using your phone to avoid negative feelings. It’s usually pretty benign on a case-by-case basis: You’re bored for a second and need an Instagram feed fix, or you’re trying to avoid an unpleasant conversation by shifting your eyes to the screen. But then it becomes habitual. 

Frankly, your smartphone can actually cause you to withdraw from real feelings, connections and

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Waffle House investigating wild brawl that allegedly broke out over unpaid tickets and customer’s phone

Waffle House is currently investigating the circumstances behind a wild fight that broke out between employees and customers at an unidentified restaurant.

Footage of the brawl shows at least seven individuals involved in the melee, one of whom loses her top while repeatedly striking a worker in the head.

WARNING: Footage of the brawl contains profane language and nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.

“We’re currently investigating to gather all the facts and details … and to determine what actions need to be taken, if any,” said Njeri Boss, Waffle House’s director of public relations, in a statement to Fox News.

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Video of the incident was first shared to Twitter on Saturday, where it has since amassed over 4.3 million views. In it, three customers — two female and one male — can be seen arguing with staff at the register, asking them to give the male back his phone, which was allegedly being held behind the counter.

The footage, which is contains profane language and partial nudity, shows at least seven individuals involved in the melee, one of whom loses her top while repeatedly striking a worker in the head.

The footage, which is contains profane language and partial nudity, shows at least seven individuals involved in the melee, one of whom loses her top while repeatedly striking a worker in the head.
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“Can I please get my g—d— phone?” the male customer says.

One of the female customers can also be heard saying something about trying to pay, at which point a male employee appears to indicate there was a discrepancy with the group’s tickets.

The male customer then walks around the counter and into the kitchen area, where employees attempt to restrain him. The two women soon follow and join the violent fracas. One of them even rips a landline out of a female employee’s hand, presumably to prevent her from calling the authorities.

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This same woman later loses both her wig and her shirt and is seen punching a female employee while her own breasts are exposed. She also appears to remark that the group has “coke” so they need to leave.

In the background, a male employee has the male customer in a chokehold, while someone from the dining area yells, “Put that boy to sleep!”

The clip ends in the middle of the fight.

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On Monday morning, Boss confirmed to Fox News that Waffle House was only made aware of the incident following an online report (likely this one from The New York Post), and wasn’t even sure yet of the location of the incident.

Viewers, meanwhile, appeared to have more than enough material to begin making endless jokes.

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“You can always count on Waffle House,” wrote the woman who posted the original clip.

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