Bathroom breaks are the best part of the work day: You’re still on the clock and getting paid, but you get to be all alone with your thoughts and your phone. And now some company wants to ruin all that.
A Japanese company called KDDI just created an app that could let your boss know when you’re spending an extra long time in the bathroom.
The app is set up to monitor the stalls in all of the bathrooms in an office building.
People can check to see if stalls are available before they head to the bathroom, which can save them the hassle of getting to the bathroom and finding it’s totally occupied. So that’s good.
But the app can also send an alert to management if one stall has been occupied for too long. And it’s not hard to see how companies could quickly use the data from that alert to figure out which employees are burning the most time on the toilet.
The app is going on sale in Japan starting in March. There’s no word on when it might be available over here.
You know what makes Valentine’s Day better? Distilling it down to a list of raw, cold facts. Hah!
We’ve got the results of a bunch of new Valentine’s Day surveys and studies here, and we pulled out the most interesting results from all of them. Here’s the state of love in 2017 by the numbers . . .
1. More than four out of five people are doing SOMETHING to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.
2. 55% of people plan on having sex tonight. And 34% of women say they want sex more than ANYTHING ELSE tonight.
3. 46% think today should be a national holiday and a paid day off work.
4. Valentine’s Day is more likely to be an END than a beginning. 13% of people have dumped someone on Valentine’s Day . . . while 12% have gotten engaged.
5. 71% of couples will go out for dinner either tonight or another night this week to celebrate.
6. 87% of people will cheat on their diet during Valentine’s Day dinner. And 44% will order more expensive things than they normally do when they go out to eat.
7. The worst thing you can do to kill the mood at dinner tonight is use your phone too much. The other bad things you can do are: Being rude to your server . . . talking about your ex or politics . . . and having bad table manners.
8. 8% of people will spend more than $500 on Valentine’s Day this year. 3% of people will spend less than $10.
9. Men think they’re more romantic than women. The average man gives himself an eight out of 10 for romance . . . the average woman gives herself a six out of 10.
10. And finally, one out of five people think it’s okay to go on a first date tonight.
(PR Newswire / Daily Mail / ABC 6 – Providence / Bustle)
Hopefully you remember that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. That’s step one. Now we’ll get into the rest of the steps it takes to half-ass it tomorrow but not make it SUPER obvious.
Here are the results from a survey by Groupon that figured out the bare minimum amount of effort you need to put in to make it look like you tried on Valentine’s Day.
1. If you’re a man, spend $179 on gifts and dinner. If you’re a woman, spend $74.
2. Write at least FOUR sentences in a card.
3. Even if you’re planning a night out, make sure to buy SOME gift, even a small one. 26% of women and 19% of men would be disappointed if they didn’t get anything.
4. And make sure to plan some activity, even if it’s just dinner at home. 71% of people say it’s more important that you planned something than what it is specifically.
It’s crunch time for gift buying. Here are four mind tricks that will help you spend less during the last-minute rush.
1. Use the “10-second” rule. Whenever you’re about to buy something, hold it for ten seconds and ask yourself if you really need it or if that money could be better used on something else.
It’s especially helpful for stocking stuffers, since it’s easy to get carried away with small, inexpensive presents.
2. Go cash-only. Research shows that people spend a LOT more when using credit cards instead of cash. So if you want to keep your spending in check, try bringing only cash to the store.
3. Shop alone. The more people you bring along, the easier it becomes to impulse buy.
4. Take fewer shopping trips. The more time you spend shopping, the more money you’ll spend. So take fewer trips to the mall, and limit the number of stores you go into altogether.
Father’s Day is on Sunday, so here are five stats about Father’s Day gifts.
1. 67% of people buy a Father’s Day gift for somebody in their life. And after fathers and husbands, the most common people we buy Father’s Day gifts for are brothers . . . sons . . . grandfathers . . . stepfathers . . . and uncles.
2. 59% of us usually buy a present for our dad. And we spend $72 on average on him.
3. 76% of married women buy their husband something for Father’s Day, and spend an average of $77.
4. 49% say it’s important to give their dad something thoughtful or sentimental, while 32% would like to make their dad’s life easier by finding him a practical gift.
5. And the ten most common Father’s Day gifts are special outings like dinner at a restaurant or a round of golf . . . clothes . . . gift cards . . . electronics . . . books and music . . . grooming products . . . sporting goods . . . home improvement supplies or tools . . . and car accessories.