The First Really Important Survey of American Habits” by Barry Sinrod and Mel Poretz, found that the way people hang their toilet paper put them in one of two income brackets. Sixty percent of those who made over $50,000 ($96,000 in 2016 dollars) preferred the over style, while 73 percent of those who made under $20,000 ($38,000 in 2016 dollars) go for the under hang.
Asked what he made of the results, Sinrod said “I don’t know, but it’s sure interesting.”
And toilet paper orientations can be interesting when you start looking into them.Some researching the subject have proposed connections to age, sex, or political philosophy.
Yes, most of us could care less about how our “striking paper” hangs on the roll as long as it’s enough on the roll to clean up the business at hand. If you are one that’s anal (no pun intended – just shrewd writing) what is your reason for your preference?
Wikipedia lists some arguments and reasons for over / under toilet paper hanging preferences.
- Over reduces the risk of accidentally brushing the wall or cabinet with one’s knuckles, potentially transferring grime and germs.
- Over makes it easier to visually locate and to grasp the loose end.
- Over gives hotels, cruise ships, office buildings, public places and homeowners with guest bathrooms the option to fold over the last sheet to show that the room has been cleaned.
- Over is generally the intended direction of viewing for the manufacturer’s branding, so patterned toilet paper looks better this way.
- Under provides a tidier appearance, in that the loose end can be more hidden from view.
- Under reduces the risk that a toddler or a house pet, such as a dog or cat, will completely unroll the toilet paper when batting at the roll.
- Under in a recreational vehicle may reduce unrolling during driving.