A new YouGov survey has shed light on intimate male bathroom habits around the world – and it turns out British men are among the least likely to sit down to wee, with 33% saying they 'never' do. For key findings and differences between the 13 countries surveyed see below:
Just 24% of male Brits (of all ages) say they always, or mostly, sit down to wee.
A third of Polish men say they never wee sitting down, with around one in four (27%) saying they always, or mostly, adopt the seated position.
Mexican men are among the least likely to engage in this toilet habit, with only 21% saying they sit down most or all of the time
On the flip side, German men are the most likely to sit down to pee (with the country coining men who do this a 'sitzpinkler'), as 40% say they do every time, and a further 22% do most times – only 10% say they never do.
Around a third (35%) of Canadian men are frequent sitzpinklers, while 21% say they 'always' stand to pee.
One in four (25%) of Australian men 'always' sit down.
Similarly, in the US, 23% of men always or often sit down for a number one.
22% of Swedish men 'always' opt to be seated.
How does age affect preference weeing position?
Older British men are far more likely to say they never sit down to wee, compared to their younger counterparts with 40% of those aged 55+ never sitting down to urinate, compared with just 23% of British men aged 18-34.
Like British men, older Aussie and American males are more likely then their younger counterparts to say they never sit down to wee, at 38% (older) vs 24% (younger), and 35% vs 21% respectively.
Younger Danish men are also noticeably more likely to say they sit down to urinate 'most times', than their elders, at 37% vs 21% respectively.
Older German men are particularly likely to always sit down to wee, at 49%, compared to 28% of their younger peers.
So, what way is the 'right' way?
Health effects of sitting down or standing up to wee
With different toilet preferences across the nation, is one method of peeing healthier than the other?
Generally speaking, being a sitzpinkler is actually thought to be better for you.
In 2014, researchers from Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in the Netherlands found that the sitting position is associated with a "more favourable urodynamic profile [how the bladder and urethra perform]", shortening the time spent urinating and boosting the efficiency.
But while for men with lower urinary tract symptoms (Luts) caused by an enlarged prostate this is preferable, for healthy men, however, "the debate on the standing versus sitting voiding posture cannot be settled by urodynamic arguments alone".
However, this brings in the argument of 'splashback' (from the urine and toilet water), which American professor of mechanical engineering, Tadd Truscott, told the Guardian has the potential to splash as far as on your toothbrush – far from hygienically ideal.
While it's a free country, if you're someone who usually has a wee standing up, you might want to reconsider...
Watch: Poor toilet hygiene behind spread of e.coli