Much like swearing allegiance to the King and queueing, standing up to take a pee is apparently a British tradition, but it isn't one that's shared by other countries around the world.
According to data collected by YouGov, just 9% of British men park their rumps when going for a tinkle. Meanwhile, 40% of German men do, while a 2020 poll concluded a whopping 70% of Japanese men have their backsides firmly planted on the porcelain throne when urinating.
No, we're not taking the piss here, there is a serious point to be made about how we choose to relieve ourselves, with studies suggesting that it pays to take a seat when you pee.
A 2014 study by researchers from the department of urology at Leiden University Medical Center found that men who sat down to pee were able to empty their bladders faster and more effectively. That's because when you stand, you activate muscles in your pelvis and spine, but they're completely relaxed when you sit. Probably the reason for the huge, relaxing ahh sound men over 40 make when they sit down to whizz.
Sitting down to pee also obviously also helps with aim issues, allows men to evacuate the bladder fully and is a better option for men with other health issues.
‘Sitting down is a better option for men with prostate conditions or men who just can’t stand up for a long time,’ Dr Jesse N. Mills, Associate Clinical Professor at the UCLA Department of Urology previously told Thrillist.
‘A lot of guys sit to pee if they can’t fully evacuate their bladder. When you sit down, you can use your abdominal muscles more, and you get your last few squirts out and feel like you’ve emptied better.’
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