In our ongoing research into the bathroom habits of the British population we had a tongue in cheek look at Men vs Women in the Bathroom. Unsurprisingly, our team of researchers found that women really do take longer to get ready than men, but it’s a lot closer than you might think.
We asked 286 couples (an even spread of men and women) over the age of 18 about their bathroom habits and how long they took to get ready in the bathroom. This included asking each participant how long they take to do specific tasks from showering and brushing their teeth to shaving and applying makeup.
Our study found that on average men finished their bathroom duties over 20 minutes before their partners, and closer inspection found that women take longer in nearly all aspects of grooming apart from time on the toilet and hair removal. The reason why women take longer than men is down to their beauty regimes, taking approximately 4 minutes longer on skin care and more than 10 minutes longer to do their hair; makeup also took an additional 8 minutes, something that men don’t usually concern themselves with.
Our director Peter Gregg had this to say:
“We all know that women take longer than men to get ready, the time they spend in the bathroom does far exceed the time we men spend, apart from the toilet time and shaving. For some couples the waiting around can lead to arguments, especially when you end up being late.
Obviously for some couples the roles can be reversed thanks to the rise of the metrosexual man such as David Beckham. But for the most part a lot of the men we surveyed do the bare minimum when it comes to getting ready to go out. We don’t really spend much time on our skincare or hair which is why we usually end up waiting around for the ladies.”
Check out our funky infographic below that gives you the full rundown of our findings: