Currently I’m working in a building where the restrooms play a soft, soothing, elevator-type music. I found it a bit odd as there aren’t many public places that attempt to create a relaxing environment in the bathroom. This got me thinking, though, about the potential of music in bathrooms.
How often have you gone out with a bunch of friends or even to a company function where the music was annoyingly loud? My high school reunion was like this. I hadn’t seen my friends for years and was looking forward to catching up with them, but we couldn’t hear each other over the music. It was a bad environment for loud music. A bathroom makes a much more appropriate place for this kind of use of music.
Think about all the embarrassing noises that are made in one of these rooms. Wouldn’t a bathroom be a more comfortable environment if there was music to drown out such noises? You wouldn’t have to worry about making all those embarrassing noises and you wouldn’t have to listen to disgusting grunts and flatulence in the stall next to you.
And what about the people who talk on their cell phones while in a stall? This annoys me greatly as I wonder how many people have done that to me during one of our conversations (and I can’t help but wonder if this is just a ladies’ room problem). People! Put down your phones for two minutes! Gross! Piping loud music into the bathrooms, though, would make it impossible to hear the person or people on the other line and would stop phone conversations.
Two problems solved with one simple solution. I like it.