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Survey reveals some surprising discoveries about men’s toilet habits.

Once upon a time, back in June last year, a woman in her 60s from Nagaoka City in Niigata Prefecture sent a comment off to the Niigata Nippo news site, asking them, “Is there a way to revamp the practice of men standing to pee?”

That thought sent the gears in motion over at Lion, one of Japan’s premier toilet cleaner manufacturers, who decided to assess men’s peeing habits for Western-style toilets with an Internet survey of 1,500 men aged from their 20s to 60s.

What they discovered was that 39.1 percent of the respondents said they urinate while standing when using a Western-style toilet, and 60.9 percent said they sit and urinate.

In addition, 49 percent of those who sit to pee say they changed over from standing to sitting, which means that for almost half of the sitters, it was a new practice that they’d now become accustomed to.

▼ That also means 11.9 percent of respondents have been sitting to pee all their lives.

For those who made the switch from standing to sitting, the top reasons given for the change were:

“I saw my urine splatters made the toilet dirty.” (37.3 percent)

“I began to think about the feelings of the person who cleans the toilet.” (27.9 percent)

“I saw images on the TV/Internet that showed how peeing while standing can make the toilet dirty.” (22.6 percent)

“Because I began cleaning the toilet myself.” (19.3 percent)

“I was prompted to sit by someone close to me.” (16.6 percent)

“I saw a research video on urine splatters on the TV/Internet.” (16.6 percent)

▼ We’re not sure who’s watching research videos on urine splatters, but hey — the algorithm’s a mysterious thing.

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