Researcher estimates hours spent folding toilet paper in hotels

A Study asks : It is worth 10 million working hours a year to have your toilet paper folded?

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By ChristophRoser.

Richard Ljung estimated how much time is spent folding toilet paper in hotels every year. Recruiting his two kids as co-authors (ages 11 and 13), Ljung clocked sixty attempts to fold a basic toilet paper design. The average folding time was 5.73 seconds.

Ljung then multiplied that time by an estimate of the number of hotel cleanings performed each day. The range was 3.8 million to 14.2 million hours!

Ljung says his seemingly silly paper has a serious undertone.

“Should we really encourage useless work tasks?”

The paper can be found here.

H/T : Improbable Research

Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.