Thursday, December 3, 2015

Performance anxiety at the urinal

Not long after the invention of the idea of personal space in 1959 came a classic ’70s study gamely titled “Personal Space Invasions in the Lavatory.” In it, researchers spied upon urinals to see how long it took for men to begin emptying their bladders.

It takes, we learned, almost twice as long when there is a man at a urinal next to you, and about half as long as when someone is one urinal away, compared to going it alone.

Closeness breeds anxiety; penis-related closeness can be overwhelming.
--Choire Sicha, NYT, on unrelaxing things