This is the epitome of maximum participation with minimal effort. You can fit an incredible number of likes and comments into the time a bathroom break takes. Feeling adventurous? Crop, filter and post a brand new pic right from the pot. Live a little, right? It is 2014, after all.
The swipe-who-you-like hookup app caught on like wildfire in 2013, and apparently people look for digital love in the least-expected places. “I don’t use it,” insists one Mashable staffer, “but I’ve always been shocked to learn how much Tinder-ing goes on in bathrooms.” Just remember: Swipe before you wipe.
Words With Friends is great for the stall. Take your mind off the business at hand with a little healthy word-game competition. Many online also believe Words With Friends is Paul Rudd’s iPad app of choice while on the porcelain throne in This Is 40. So it’s got that going for it, which is nice.
Here’s a new offering that helps users find bathrooms in crowded cities, or post their own to be used for a fee. For the ambitious multitaskers out there who want to plot their next potential strike while simultaneously carrying out the mission at hand. It’s still only in web form, though, so you’ll have to go to airpnp.co in your mobile web browser to get started.
Visual and simple, Pinterest is a natural fit here. Says one Mashable staffer: “There’s minimal thinking required and nothing takes your mind off of gross bathroom stuff like planning your fictional wedding.”
Much like Words With Friends, this trivia app introduces some competition to your sacred moment. But QuizUp offers challenges in a variety of categories. So use your next bathroom trip to build yourself into a trivia-night legend at your watering hole of choice. No one will ever guess the secret to your success.
Confused? Mashable‘s real-time news editor Brian Ries is about to blow your mind: “If you consistently take a screenshot every time you take a seat, you’ll end up, at the end of the year, with a photo gallery/map of all your bathroom breaks in the previous year,” he points out. #Whoa, you guys.
We asked Paul the Trombonist — the mad genius behind “Playing With Your Phone While Sitting on the Toilet” — which apps he favors in said situation.
“I love an app called iBone,” he tells Mashable. “It’s a mini trombone simulator!” Paul also sometimes records melodic ideas as voice memos while doing his duty — proving there’s no limit to what you can accomplish if dare to dream big in the smallest of places.