Result also show a huge gap in in-shower urination attitudes between men and women for one age set.

Japan is an extremely clean society, and part of that is thanks to people’s unabashed enjoyment of bathing. Whether it’s a leisurely soak in a steaming hot spring or a quick shower at home to make sure the sheets stay clean right before crawling into bed, keeping yourself clean is elevated to practically ritual-level status in Japan, and is something many people cite as one of their favorite parts of the day.

However, a recent survey by Japanese polling website Shirabee shows a surprising number of people in Japan engage in a little multitasking by peeing in the shower. The questionnaire received responses from 1,358 people nationwide between the ages of 20 and 69, with nearly one in four saying they take a leak while taking a shower at least “sometimes.”

The overall results to the question “How often do you pee in the shower?” were:
● Often: 4.9 percent
● Moderately often: 5.4 percent
● Sometimes: 12.9 percent
● Rarely: 11.5 percent
● Almost never: 8.8 percent
● Never: 56.5 percent

In total, 23.2 percent of the respondents admitted to in-shower peeing frequency in the three most frequent groups, with 26.5 percent of men and 19.9 percent of women in those groups. However, while men in almost all demographics were more likely to pee in the shower than their female counterparts, for one age set women were more likely than the guys to relieve themselves, and in fact that particular group of ladies was the most likely of any to pee.

Percentage of respondents who pee at least “sometimes” in the shower:
● Men age 20-29: 29.4 percent
● Women 20-29: 33.3 percent
● Men 30-39: 32.8 percent
● Women 30-39: 29.1 percent
● Men 40-49: 22.2 percent
● Women 40-49 17 percent
● Men 50-59 28.9 percent
● Women 59-59 10.5 percent
● Men 60-69 19.4 percent
● Women 6-69 8.8 percent

A startling one in three women in their 20s said they pee in the shower at least sometimes, beating out men in their 30s, the second largest group, by half a percentage point.

For both sexes, younger ages groups were almost universally more likely to pee than their elders. Perhaps this is because young adults are more likely to live alone, and so don’t feel the pressure to hold it in that older respondents, who’re more likely to be living, and sharing bathing facilities, with a spouse or children do.

However, the one exception occurs among men age 50-59, where the in-shower peeing rate jumps more than six percent compared to the next youngest group. Meanwhile, peeing rates for women continue to steadily decline, resulting in an 18-4-percent peeing gap between men and women in their 50s, the largest in the survey by far.

▼ “Peeing in the shower. It’s great!”

However, once they hit their 60s, men’s peeing rate drops again. It’s unclear what causes the temporary bump in Shirabee’s results. Maybe it’s the result of an ill-advised attempt to recapture the feeling of their youth, or to give them some common ground to draw from when trying to chat up young women as part of a midlife crisis. Whatever the reason, we couldn’t really blame a 50-something women if, after seeing the survey results, she starts asking her husband to wait to use the shower until after she’s had hers.

Source: Shirabee via Jin
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