This slanted toilet was designed to increase productivity and decrease smartphone use by making it painful to sit on for more than 5 minutes, and people are reacting with horror

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This slanted toilet was designed to increase productivity and decrease smartphone use by making it painful to sit on for more than 5 minutes, and people are reacting with horror

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StandardToilet

  • The British startup StandardToilet designed a toilet with a slanted seat intended to make it less comfortable for workers to hang out in the bathroom for extended periods of time.
  • The toilet has a 13-degree slope that makes it painful to remain sitting for more than five minutes, founder Mahabir Gill told WIRED.
  • The toilet is going mildly viral on Twitter, where people are reacting with near-universal horror.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Bosses who are fed up with workers taking too long on the toilet may have a new weapon in their arsenal.

A new toilet designed by the British startup StandardToilet has a downward-sloping seat that's designed to make it unbearably painful to spend more than 5 minutes on the loo, WIRED first reported.

On its website, StandardToilet says the toilet is meant to improve efficiency at companies, promising that the uncomfortable seat will discourage employees from using social media while in the bathroom.

"In modern times, the workplace toilet has become private texting and social media usage space," StandardToilet laments in its press release. "With the advent of flexible zero hour contracts it is easy to see why our StandardToilet can be an asset to a business."

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People across the internet have already begun to react to the toilet, mostly with indignation.

StandardToilet did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The StandardToilet retails for between $200 and $650, and began shipping in November.

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