Choosing the right bathroom stall in a public setting is a grueling process.
You're usually faced with minor setbacks, like urine on the seat, bundles of toilet paper lodged into the bowl or a lack of privacy due to the stall's location.
One major factor in deciding which stall to use is cleanliness, because no one likes to sit down on a toilet that's covered in an assortment bodily functions.
Luckily, a study has finally been done to help us determine which stall is usually the cleanest choice — and it's definitely not the one you'd think.
According to New York Magazine, the study surveyed the habits of various bathroom goers and documented which toilets they chose when presented with three empty stalls.
The study made some interesting conclusions.
For starters, it determined women are a bit more picky about the stalls they choose than men (understandably).
Women will usually opt for the stalls furthest from the door, while men DGAF and usually use the stalls closest to it. Apparently, dudes don't care about which one they choose because they all look the same.
However, the study found most people prefer the stalls directly in the middle in most cases.
That being said, it'd probably be wise of you to avoid the middle stalls at all costs, considering the fact most people choose it over the others.
The study also shows the first stall is generally the least used, which must mean it's the cleanest.
So, next time you're frantically trying to find a clean stall in a line of dirty toilets, check the first one in line closest to the door.
The study discovered a lot of other interesting tidbits, like the fact women are more likely to duck into the men's bathroom than vice versa — because of the shorter lines — and only 2 percent of women actually sit down on the toilet in a public restroom, while the other hover over the toilet seat.
If they chose the middle stall, I definitely wouldn't blame them.
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