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Apparently, humankind’s desperation to remain plugged in at all times knows no boundaries: there is now a free app that allows you to connect with strangers who are using the toilet at the exact moment you are.
Well, more specifically, people who are doing a number two at the same time as you.
The app in question is called Pooductive (groan) and it aims to create a network of “global friends and strangers” who want to, well, shoot the shit and beat the “overwhelming, unbearable, nay alienating boredom” that comes with sitting on the toilet.
“Think of it as a magical place where people from around the globe can anonymously meet to enjoy their time of zen, peace and quite together, by conversing, philosophising and sharing ideas with each other," the app's developer Ricardo Gruber explains on its website.
"You can add friends, have group chats or simply enjoy a one on one conversation... it is so much better and more entertaining then simply reading the back of a shampoo bottle.”
Now, it's not exactly a secret that people use their phones while sitting on the toilet; a survey a few years ago revealed three quarters of phone users do so. For some it's a chance to Insta-scroll in peace; for others, a chance to respond to unread messages.
There's a very good chance you've received texts from friends who were halfway through relieving themselves, and were none the wiser.
But did humankind really need a social network dedicated to facilitating mid-pooping interaction? Well, the 20,000 people who have already signed up seem to think so. (Post continues after gallery.)
There are just three rules for using Pooductive: there must be no pornography or offensive material (so no comparative photos, we're guessing), and users must be respectful.
We're not exactly sure how they define respectful, but a screengrab from the app's iStore page suggests describing your bowel movements is perfectly acceptable. "Smooth as silk"... shudder.
Although the app might seem like a bit of a gimmick, its two developers — both students — have said they ultimately started it to raise awareness for a worthy cause.
“We hope to connect Pooductive with some big charities that focus on both clean water and improving hygiene in developing countries,” they told The Guardian in an email.
“We’re working as fast as we can to realise our mission and get the charities we have already connected to on board. We hope that through this, Pooductive can have a positive impact - past connecting people on the loo - which has always been our intention.”
Well, that's nice. If you want to sign up for Pooductive — you know, for shits and giggles — visit the App Store here.
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