In a world full of smartphones, bathroom breaks for some people end up being a time to read news on their mobile phones or update their social networks. To avoid these wasted time, a designer proposed a toilet seat which makes it uncomfortable to sit on the toilet for a long time.

Baptized Standard Toilet, the new design conceived by the English engineer Mahabir Gill tilts and is inclined downwards, forcing the seated person to use the leg muscles to stay in position. According to its creator, you can sit on this type of toilet for up to 5-7 minutes. Gill said that the 13-angle tilt was chosen as it is enough to cause some tension in the users’ legs, making them want to get up faster than they would from a horizontal toilet seat, but not too much to create difficulties excessive.

The designer said that Standard Toilet was inspired by his personal experience, but he also added that it could be useful for companies wishing to prevent employees from taking time in the bathroom. ” In the UK alone, ‘prolonged’ employee breaks are estimated to cost industry and commerce around £ 4 billion a year, ” said Gill .

The Standard Toilet has already received support from the British Toilet Association (BTA), but criticism has come ferociously on social networks: “ If it’s real, I think it’s a perfect representation of the contempt that capitalism has for workers and beings. human “.