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Using Tablets Becoming Popular Bathroom Activity

CmdrTaco posted more than 2 years ago | from the you're-doing-it-wrong dept.

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alphadogg says "With the market flush with hot-selling tablet computers, it shouldn't bowl anyone over to learn that many users are taking the plunge and bringing their devices to the bathroom. According to a new survey published by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples Inc., 35% of tablet users copped to using their iPad or other tablets while in the bathroom, while a whopping 78% of tablet users said they used their tablets while lying in bed. And in a data point sure to further damage techies' reputation for social skills, Staples Advantage also reported that 30% of tablet users said they used their tablets while at restaurants."

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What about driving? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180214)

How many have used them while driving?

While cooking?

While watching TV?

Or while using another tablet?

Re:What about driving? (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180342)

Never mind all that reasonably safe stuff - it's the airline pilots who should be of more concern.

Re:What about driving? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180398)

You take airline pilots to the bathroom with you?

Re:What about driving? (1)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180868)

Easiest way to join the mile high club I guess.

Re:What about driving? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180440)

Hah - actually there have been some announcements about operations manuals for aircraft being converted from huge books to an app on the iPad. There are several articles about this from corporate jets to Alaska Airlines - http://www.tuaw.com/2011/05/28/ipads-on-the-flight-decks-of-alaska-airlines-aircraft/ [tuaw.com] is just one of the articles.

Re:What about driving? (1)

alen (225700) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180436)

the ipad is a killer cook book. i have hundreds of recipes including video of how to do some things on mine

Re:What about driving? (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180676)

the ipad is a killer cook book. i have hundreds of recipes including video of how to do some things on mine

That's the one time I think I prefer a netbook (though I don't own a tablet). The netbook screen is propped up from the counter, and stays that way while I have dirty fingers.

Re:What about driving? (2)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180894)

the ipad is a killer cook book. i have hundreds of recipes including video of how to do some things on mine

You cook on the toilet?!? I guess it cuts out the middle man.

Re:What about driving? (1)

timster (32400) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180682)

So is using an iPad as a cookbook "content creation" or "content consumption"?

Texting (1)

RingDev (879105) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180898)

I was fine with it till the guy at the urinal next to me was texting as he was pissing.

Really man, I know some of us have more than others, but keep a hand on that thing, I don't want to catch your erant spray while you're too busy tweeting to bother keeping your junk pointed in the right direction.

-Rick

I heard someone say the other day... (4, Funny)

mark0 (750639) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180236)

"Angry Birds has changed the way the world goes to the bathroom"

Re:I heard someone say the other day... (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180512)

I morph the name when I am on the jon, "Angry Turds". Too bad there wasn't a theme to coincide with the name change.

Re:I heard someone say the other day... (1)

Kvasio (127200) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180572)

.... as people go to the bathroom like they were cast from the sling?

Probably because they procrastinate "loo break" while playing?

Laptops (1)

hjf (703092) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180260)

So what's the % of people using laptops and smartphones in the bathroom? Didn't we have portable devices before the iPad?

Sent from my bathroom. (Really).

Re:Laptops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180324)

So what's the % of people using laptops and smartphones in the bathroom? Didn't we have portable devices before the iPad?

Yeah, but nothing that you could really hold with one hand. And laptops, well, cover your lap - blocking any access to that area.

Re:Laptops (1)

hjf (703092) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180374)

And laptops, well, cover your lap - blocking any access to that area.

Why would I waOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I see what you did there.

Re:Laptops (1)

thynk (653762) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180346)

You can count me in the group using smart phones in the bathroom, ever since I first discovered an ebook reader... back on CE 5 or 6. Now my news reader is on my phone too :-)

Re:Laptops (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180434)

You people need to eat more fiber.

Re:Laptops (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180750)

You people need to eat more fiber.

Agreed, I think. At least, I buy only wholegrain pretty-much-everything (bread, pasta, rice, wraps, muesli). I often take my phone with my to the toilet at work (I don't like leaving it out on my desk, so I pick it up as I walk away). It's generally still in my hand when I open the cubicle, but experience tells me I have time to read about half a short email.

TMI?

Re:Laptops (1)

scumdamn (82357) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180482)

I take my full sized notebook into the shitter with me because I don't give a damn.

Re:Laptops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180632)

Didn't we have portable devices before the iPad?

No. Apple invented the portable device, the same way they invented the touchscreen, the grid layout, and the shape of the rounded rectangle. Any false memories of portable devices prior to that time are obvious forgeries planted by enemies of Friend Steve, and it is vital that these memories be corrected at once by your friendly iCorrectionGenius to prevent further false information from being spread.

Perfect marketing (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180264)

iPooed

"Using tablets" also now popular euphemism! (3, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180280)

Come on, we all know what your REALY up to in there.

Re:"Using tablets" also now popular euphemism! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180890)

fap fap fap fap fap....

Obvious (3, Insightful)

rogueippacket (1977626) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180282)

1) Tablets are replacing paper media, not surprised to hear that magazines and other reading materials are disappearing from bathrooms.
2) I can't name anyone who bought a tablet who did not envision using it as an eReader. Isn't reading still the most popular bedtime activity?
3) Tablets are great in restaurants. You can show things to your friends and family. It's the douchebags who use tablets instead of conversing at the table that give only themselves a bad name. No different than whipping out a smartphone.

Re:Obvious (0)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180520)

Isn't reading still the most popular bedtime activity?

No, I think with most people, that activity is fucking

If it isn't yours,you might need to put the tablet down for a bit..and find a real meatspace woman (assuming your a guy).

Now, if you want to prop it on her back as you're doing her from behind...kudos to you...that way you can surf, watch ESPN newscenter and cum at the same time....

Ahh...life is good some times.

Re:Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180642)

You jest but there was a photo contest at Gizmodo (or was it LifeHacker) that a user sent in that exact scenario of a laptop on the raised back of his girlfriend.

Re:Obvious (1, Informative)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180664)

No, it's watching TV.

Now fucking might be the most enjoyable pastime. but that's different. Far more hours are spent watching TV from bed then fucking.

I suggest you learn to think about definition and statistics.

If you are watching ESPN and having sex at the same time you are having LOUSY sex..so lousy in fact, why bother?

Re:Obvious (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180772)

Sorry to burst your bubble but the most popular bedtime activity by far is SLEEP.

Re:Obvious (4, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180544)

Isn't reading still the most popular bedtime activity?

I though it was sleeping. I'm way out of touch these days..

Re:Obvious (2)

TuringCheck (1989202) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180546)

1) Tablets are replacing paper media, not surprised to hear that magazines and other reading materials are disappearing from bathrooms.

Yeah, but in a bathroom there's still some other use of paper media in an emergency...

Re:Obvious (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180652)

There's finally one application where newspaper beats iPad!

Re:Obvious (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180888)

I dunno. The nice thing about traditional bathroom reading material is the fact that it is disposable. It doesn't matter if it gets wet. It doesn't matter if it's contaminated. It's not something that's going to be dragged out of the bathroom and then through an airport and then hang around your mother's coffee table.

More people should find the idea of a tablet in the bathroom just plain disgusting.

Re:Obvious (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180634)

yeah, hey everyone , lets touch my tablet I used in the bathroom just before we eat.

Re:Obvious (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180856)

...I would also not associate this sort of behavior with "techies".

The techies are the ones sneering at the whole tablet thing in general. They're not the "target audience" and therefore less likely to be the ones pulling it out at inappropriate times.

ipad is great kid pacification device (1)

Sprogga (893092) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180290)

in restaurants or on a journey its a godsend for keeping a rugbiter quiet.

Re:ipad is great kid pacification device (0)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180504)

Maybe you should educate your child and allow him / her to contribute positively to your conversations social life rather than expecting them to play dumb games and keep quiet?

Speaking from personal experience here. Learning == Rebelling where I'm from (a small English village in the Northwest - a bit like your deep south - think Christian Rednecks!)

Re:ipad is great kid pacification device (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180578)

"Contribute positive to your conversations and social life rather than" ... that should say. I always miss out words when typing angrily and being frustrated even more by my palms moving the caret spontaneously on the massive gaming touchpad on my laptop.

Re:ipad is great kid pacification device (1, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180788)

yeah, you're an idiot, aren't you? DO you even have kids?
Sometime, the conversation id outside there experience or interest.

Do you expect a 3 year old to stay interested in a conversation about the newly adopted C+ standards?

And why do you assume dumb games? How about playing sttlers of catan? or ticket to ride? or many opther thinking games?

Even angry birds teaches a lesson about physics.

Daily conversation about current events? yeah my kids are involved. Hell my kids ar more involved in conversation with adults far more often then their peers, but I recognize that not everything is interesting to them. If my daughter as talking to her friends about the finer point of iCarly, a am pretty sure my interested would wane once they are talking about how cure her brother is..again.

So I would be the one playing the game dejour. In me example, I would probably play Plants v. Zombies because I can keep a portion of my concentration on the conversation in case a phrase or statement floats by the needs my attention.

I'm sorry you live in a village where learning is frowned upon. Had you been raised ins a civilized city you might understand that not everything is black and white.

Re:ipad is great kid pacification device (1)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180654)

Yeah but how is a 2-4 year old going to add anything to our discussion of politics and philosophy?

Re:ipad is great kid pacification device (1)

aclarke (307017) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180686)

How many kids do you have? Good luck trying to get your 18 month old to "contribute positively to your conversations". Way to be both obnoxiously rude and out of touch at the same time.

The GP wasn't suggesting that this is ALWAYS the appropriate response, but that it's a good tool. I've done this with my kids too. Maybe one out of every 15-20 times I take the kids to a restaurant. I would venture to say that most people would consider this to be reasonable.

Re:ipad is great kid pacification device (1)

dc29A (636871) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180828)

Maybe you should educate your child and allow him / her to contribute positively to your conversations social life rather than expecting them to play dumb games and keep quiet

Let me guess ... you don't have any kids?

Re:ipad is great kid pacification device (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180904)

Maybe you should educate your child and allow him / her to contribute positively to your conversations social life rather than expecting them to play dumb games and keep quiet?

How old do they need to be for this?

My housemate's friend + wife + 18 month old daughter visited recently. I very rarely get to talk to babies/children, so I hung around for half an hour. I didn't really approve of how they were caring for her -- strapped in a carry cot in a garden on a sunny day -- but I wasn't going to interfere. She was pretty boring, but I decided it was probably because she was stuck with nothing much to do.

(So, the baby couldn't talk, which prevents conversation, but it doesn't prevent interaction or communication.)

Speaking from personal experience here. Learning == Rebelling where I'm from (a small English village in the Northwest - a bit like your deep south - think Christian Rednecks!)

I've not been to North West England, although I'm going to Manchester on Monday for an afternoon/evening. I really, really hope you're exaggerating by many orders of magnitude...!

Re:ipad is great kid pacification device (2)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180672)

My solution is simply to not go to restaurants where I would expect kids. Why would I give my iPad to a child?

Re:ipad is great kid pacification device (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180800)

I find that the screen cracks usually around the second time I smack them.

What percentage (1)

arcite (661011) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180306)

Wash their hands and disinfect their iPad...afterward?..

Re:What percentage (4, Informative)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180838)

About the same percentage that disinfect and wash their clothing, which also accompanied them on the little trip to the bathroom. Oh and your napkin goes on your lap, on your pants - yeah, those same pants that were pulled down and touched the dirty toilet bowl/floor. Yeah, now wipe your mouth with that napkin.

Attention Germ freaks: A LITTLE GRIME WILL NEVER KILL YOU. You just think it will.

Crap Puns (1)

Heed00 (1473203) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180310)

Wow "flush" and "bowl" used in the first sentence.

Re:Crap Puns (1)

hodet (620484) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180426)

..and plunge. Subby thinks he's on Fark.

Re:Crap Puns (1)

Java Pimp (98454) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180432)

Crap Puns

I see what you did there...

Re:Crap Puns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180508)

You missed "flush". Also, was the pun in your subject intentional? Would that a recursive pun?

Re:Crap Puns (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180528)

Yeah, it's pretty shitty.

What's weird at a restaurant? (5, Insightful)

blogan (84463) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180314)

If I'm at a restaurant alone, what should I do while waiting for my food to come? If I have a tablet, why not?

Re:What's weird at a restaurant? (4, Insightful)

rthille (8526) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180352)

If you are there with a group of friends and you're trying to decide what movie to see after, or describe directions to the bar you're heading to next, why not use your tablet. The dig against geeks social skills is idiotic and shows the writer's lack of social skills.

News? (1)

nege (263655) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180326)

I use my iPad in all of those locations and I really don't see a problem with it. My iPad is where I read my books now, and people take those to the bathroom or restaurants as well.

Also this isn't particularly new either. I have been taking devices to the bathroom since my first Palm device. I have a very specific routine (not really by thinking about, it just developed naturally) I have developed to ensure the device never gets dropped in!

Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180334)

A more accurate title should be, "Using tablets and viewing porn is becoming a popular bathroom activity."

netbooks are better for lying in bed! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180350)

"78% of tablet users said they used their tablets while lying in bed"

Tablets suck for use in bed. Netbooks have a nice hinge which keeps the screen at a suitable angle for viewing when it's resting on your chest, and there's a handy attached keyboard to type on.

What is this obsessive need everyone has to pick inferior devices just because they are trendy?

Re:netbooks are better for lying in bed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180690)

Tablets suck for use in bed. Netbooks have a nice hinge which keeps the screen at a suitable angle for viewing when it's resting on your chest, and there's a handy attached keyboard to type on.

Agreed in general BUT the Asus Transformer is great for this too - attached to the keyboard it has the hinge to get the viewing angle but you can also scroll, follow hyperlinks etc. using the touch screen, which is handier than a mouse of trackpad in that position.

Re:netbooks are better for lying in bed! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180708)

Computers are even better if you have a screen on a wall mount so you can pull it over your head. Typing gets a bit inconvenient after a while, I didn't find a good solution for that yet, but there is no better way of lazy computing. I mean, you just can't beat lying on your back without even having to lift your head.

Techies? (1)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180358)

And in a data point sure to further damage techies' reputation for social skills

Wait, "techies" wouldn't be caught dead using a tablet. After all, they know notebooks have far more features and power and do everything so much better than silly tablets. Tablets are just for Apple cultists and hipsters following the latest fad! As soon as the novelty wears off, people will buy notebooks again... I know they will...

(cradles my HP EliteBook and cries)

Re:Techies? (1)

Beardydog (716221) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180600)

I have some comfort for you:

By the end of my first day with an iPad, I thought to myself, "You know what would be great? A nice, protective folding case with a keyboard attached to the inside of D'OH!"

I just tapped out a fairly long email with it, but man... keyboards... they sure are good for typing.

One advantage I didn't really think about before the pad: a (non-Apple) charger + cable is like, 10 bucks, so I just have three dedicated chargers for different locations around the house. Not having to move a power brick when moving between heavy-use areas is a wonderful luxury.

Re:Techies? (1)

JWW (79176) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180782)

A corollary to this is that while I agree an attached keyboard is a nice thing, when I'm using my netbook instead of my iPad, I get an urge to touch the screen to click on icons, links, and such.

Re:Techies? (1)

Candid88 (1292486) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180896)

LOL, my thoughts exactly.

Someone using an iPad at a restaurant, is categorically NOT a techie on 2 counts.

Replacing newspapers, duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180368)

When you're gonna be in there for a while, you need to do something! Pads and smartphones are just replacing what newspapers and books used to be for. Cue the clip from Seinfeld where George takes a book at bookstore into the bathroom!

Eh? (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180370)

"And in a data point sure to further damage techies' reputation for social skills, Staples Advantage also reported that 30% of tablet users said they used their tablets while at restaurants."

I'm not sure that the techies will be atypically hard hit by this one. Back in the day, when obsessive computer use required an obsessive interest in gaming and/or some techie esoterica, and it was cost-prohibitive to compute on the move(much less get internet access...), the techie social skills reputation was not exactly bolstered by the tendency to stay inside and play with their computers.

Then came the mass adoption of laptops and blackberries by practically every 'road warrior' type suit with a salary high enough that paying for the ability to bug him while he was away from the office made sense. This certainly did include some techies; but the population of management/sales types brandishing their blackberries and monopolizing flat surfaces absolutely exploded.

Now, with cellphones falling well into affordable for all but the most squalid, and Apple having WAFed the hell out of portable computing, it sure isn't techies who I see logging the most socially inappropriate screen time... Not being able to finish a single bloody meal without ignoring the present company to text frantically about nothing is now a mainstream behavior. If anything, the more 'social' people do it more because they have more people to text, and derive greater satisfaction from group-affirming social chatter...

Dinner and Tablet? (1)

wbav (223901) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180372)

Sure, I've taken a tablet to dinner with me. If the wife isn't around, I'd like to catch up on TV/News/etc while eating. I go out to eat because I don't want to spend the time/effort cooking, why shouldn't I be able to take my media with me?

Bathroom or in bed? Yeah if I'm watching a movie on my tablet it'll come with me. Why not? I'll let the wife have the TV, remember happy wife, happy life.

Re:Dinner and Tablet? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180484)

If you're dining alone, hell yes bring a tablet. Or in my case a Neo Geo Pocket Color. Not every meal is a social situation.

Re:Dinner and Tablet? (1)

wbav (223901) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180564)

I find playing a portable gaming unit far too taxing after the second or third beer. They may be 22 oz, but yes I'm still a light weight.

Re:Dinner and Tablet? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180660)

I never get drunk at restaurants if I'm dining alone. Why pay restaurant prices if you're not trying to impress anyone?

Re:Dinner and Tablet? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180854)

Because taking it in the bathroom is a great way to spread you fecal matter around.

Too many puns... (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180376)

makes for a boring summary, let alone article.

Android? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180380)

Funny that the logo in the story is Android. You fanbois try to do anything to make Android look like a market player but the fact is that no one really cares about Android on the tablet. Once again Slashdot distorts the truth of the matter to make teh oepn sores look like more than it really is.

DIY (Project) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180384)

I purchased an extra power cord and tie strapped it to the shelf above the potty in case I am running low while I go! Going with farkle is the bomb.

Throne reading material (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180388)

Generally, throne reading material is often in the form of magazines and old books. Rarely should they ever find a home outside the restroom, and at best, be thrown into the trash bin when done. Hygiene is an important behavior of living. My problem with using phones and other devices while in the restroom have to do with idea of them being used outside as well. Not many people wash their hands properly, and the idea of spreading E. Coli doesn't go over too well with the rest of us.

Returns? (4, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180394)

Ah, but can you return them after they've been in the bathroom?

(Jerry and George are at Brentano's. George is trying to return the book)
GEORGE: Yes, I, uh, I need to return this book.
CASHIER: (Puts the book's code into the computer) I'm sorry, we can't take this book back.
GEORGE: Why not?
CASHIER: It's been flagged.
GEORGE: (Confused) Flagged?
CASHIER: It's been in the bathroom.
GEORGE: It says that on the computer?
CASHIER: Please take it home. We don't want it near the other books.
GEORGE: (Outraged. Leaving) Well, you just lost a lot of business! Because I love to read!

Re:Returns? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180592)

Thanks for saving me the trouble of posting this! I was sure after reading the headline that this Seinfeld reference would be the entire point of the article.

I tried the iWipe but I'm think about going back (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180396)

to a Red Shat distro. Compatibility issues, but it boots up faster.

Squirt proof,.. er Spill proof keyboards (1)

cyber_rigger (527103) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180416)

That problem is now solved.

Somebody... (1)

naturaverl (628952) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180418)

...give that guy a raise!!

Public health concern??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180430)

35% of tablet users copped to using their iPad or other tablets while in the bathroom .... 30% of tablet users said they used their tablets while at restaurants

Makes you think twice (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180446)

about wiping the smudges off of the screen without some bleach

Nope. (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180480)

The only time I'd be using a tablet in the bathroom would be to flush it down the toilet.

Why is the Android logo on the submission? (1)

brim4brim (2343300) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180506)

Isn't the best selling tablet the iPad? Just an observation.

Re:Why is the Android logo on the submission? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180792)

*shrug* Tablet is tablet.

Why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180538)

I have never understood doing other things in the bathroom besides using the bathroom...

Their intended use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180552)

How is this surprising? Isn't the point of tablets that they be the ultimate portable computer? They are more functional than a smart phone for media, yet more portable than a laptop.

Nothing new (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180562)

Supposedly nineteen percent of people have dropped their phone into a toilet [cnet.com] . I'm still trying to figure out how, exactly, since it would seem you'd be holding the phone somewhat in front of the bowl - but I'm not sure I really want to know.

Also, anecdotally speaking, in my experience it's not uncommon to hear people talking on the phone from bathroom stalls. BTW if that's you... yeah, I'm the guy who walks around flushing all the toilets during your phone call. I feel it's important the person at the other end of the call know where you are.

Going back further... my dad used to take a newspaper in with him occasionally. He always liked to refer to those visits as "trips to the library".

Re:Nothing new (1)

KillaBeave (1037250) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180734)

My wife dropped 2 phones in the toilet over a span of 2 weeks. How? She was putting it in the big front pocket of a hooded sweatshirt because she didn't like packing it in her jeans pocket. After phone number 2 I bought a bluetooth enabled house phone (pretty clever actually, syncs 2 phones and they then ring throughout the house). Now she just leaves her phone in her purse in the kitchen. Problem solved!

Chlorine safe? (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180580)

Is the iPad screen Chlorine safe? OCD minds would like to know.

haha what? (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180604)

And in a data point sure to further damage techies' reputation for social skills, Staples Advantage also reported that 30% of tablet users said they used their tablets while at restaurants."

Why would it damage the reputation of techies? It was the techies on Slashdot that were proclaiming that the iPad was going to be a complete flop and no one was going to want to buy tablet computers over netbooks and notebooks. But, hey, nice try at spin. It's almost as laughable as the Slashdot review of the iPod just before it took off and become the most well-known mp3 player of all time.

Paper media replacement but NOT .... (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180630)

Waste paper replacement! Now that would just be absurd.

Re:Paper media replacement but NOT .... (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180726)

iWipes anyone?

No wonder that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180646)

Swype typing is so popular, especially in the bathroom. It brings new meaning to the term "hands free" typing (gee, what other appendage is available to swipe along my tablet?).

To quote Jimmy Fallon (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180698)

"Ew."

But I am surprised he hasn't yet added an iPad to his desktop Apple store.

no longer an art (1)

djfake (977121) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180728)

What's become of the art of dumping?

Flushed opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37180840)

This was the original reason for my purchasing the domain name http://www.sentfrommytoilet.com. Unfortunately, I never really took the plunge to get it going.

ay ay ay (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180876)

don't nobody ever ask me to touch your iPads or any other pads ever again. Crap!

Tablets Used to Access the Internet (1)

ZipK (1051658) | more than 2 years ago | (#37180902)

This just in: popular computing tablets from Apple, Motorola and other leading companies are being used to access the so-called "Internet." The Internet, which is comprised of a series of tubes, provides access to many goods and services, including weather reports and "rooms" in which "users" can "chat."
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