- Naughty magazines and sports biographies were male favourites
- Women, by contrast, preferred romantic fiction and decorating tomes
- 86% of men read on the toilet, compared to just 27% of women
- Instead, the majority of women like to do their reading in the bath
But sadly for literature enthusiasts, a new poll has discovered that most people would rather peruse a naughty magazine while on the toilet.
Unsurprisingly, potty perusals of Playboy are most popular among men, with women opting for glossy interiors magazines and romantic novels instead.
Favourites: The majority of men like to relax on the toilet with a copy of Playboy or a sporting biography
Incredibly, 86 per cent of men said the toilet was the place where they did most of their reading, compared with just 27 per cent of women.
Instead, the majority of women (69 per cent) said they most liked to read while enjoying a soothing bath, although just 13 per cent of men said the same.
While erotic magazines and sporting biographies proved the most popular choice of literature among male readers, they weren’t the only ones.
Also scoring highly were crime novels, which found favour with 24 per cent of men, lads’ mags such as Zoo and Nuts, real crime and, for a genteel nine per cent, gardening tomes.
Interiors magazines and romance novels were female favourites, along with celebrity gossip and fashion glossies, parenting advice and gardening books.
Male choice of bathroom read
1) Erotic magazines – 38 per cent
2) Sports biographies – 36 per cent
3) Crime novels – 24 per cent
4) Lads’ magazines – 18 per cent
3) Real-life crime – 13 per cent
6) Gardening magazines – 9 per cent
Female choice of bathroom read
1) Interiors magazines – 34 per cent
2) Romance Novel – 27 per cent
3) Gossip/Celebrity Mag – 21 per cent
4) Fashion magazines – 12 per cent
5) Parenting magazines – 6 per cent
6) Gardening magazines – 3 per cent
Interestingly, reading isn’t the only activity enjoyed while on the toilet.
Other popular pastimes included browsing the internet, playing mobile phone games and even sending text messages.
But whether texting or reading, men spend one hour and 35 minutes perched on the toilet each week, while women averaged just 55 minutes.
Asked why they spent so long on the loo, 56 per cent said they found it relaxing, while 39 per cent thought it was a good opportunity to have some time alone.
A spokesperson for online bathroom retailer ukBathrooms.com, which conducted the poll, said: ‘It’s no surprise that men have come out on top with the most amount of time spent reading on the loo.
‘Our research shows that the bathroom, when properly decorated, can be a calming place for Brits to relax after a stressful day at the office or with the children.
They added: ‘It’s pleasing to see there’s still life in the toilet book yet!’