The days of texting and checking social media on your phone while on a work toilet break could soon be coming to an end.
A new toilet designed in the UK aims to combat “extended employee breaks” by providing a slanted seat at an intentionally uncomfortable angle.
StandardToilet said its unique design “offers the ability to increase business efficiency and profits through reductions in social media usage”.
It can be angled between 8 to 13 degrees.
“It is estimated that in the United Kingdom alone, extended employee breaks costs industry and commerce an estimated £4 billion ($A7.5 billion) per annum,” it said in a statement.
The company claims not only will its design see workers sitting on the john less, but it will see a decrease in queuing at public restrooms and has a number of health benefits.
Typical toilets “can cause swollen haemorrhoids and weakening of pelvic muscles”, according to StandardToilet, which cited the UK’s National Health Service and Harvard Medical School.
BREAKING NEWS: Say goodbye to comfort breaks! New downward-tilting toilets are designed to become unbearable to sit on after five minutes. They say the main benefit is to employees in improved employee productivity. pic.twitter.com/lfDbeXJdCX— Dave Vescio (@DaveVescio) December 17, 2019
While the health benefits may sound appealing the toilets haven’t proved popular on Twitter.
One man claims he installed one in his guest bathroom and said the toilet is “tremendously uncomfortable”.
Other people questioned the design and what it meant for people with Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
“This is a dystopia,” one woman tweeted.
The toilet’s designer Mahabir Gill told the BBC his inspiration for the new loo came from a personal experience.
He told the network he was waiting to use the bathroom at a truck stop with a large queue. He noticed people coming out of the lavatory holding phones.
Mr Gill said at 11 degrees the seat becomes uncomfortable after 15 minutes and at 13 degrees the maximum seated time is between five to seven minutes.
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