Their deliberate curve and smooth surface prevents bacteria from sticking around, so they’re rather safe to sit on.
Germs cannot multiply on bare skin alone, so don’t expect to get sick from sitting on a dry public toilet seat (key word being “dry,” of course).
So where are all the germs?
Right where you'd least expect them:
On the toilet paper.
We know, this is probably coming as a pretty big shock. Just give yourself a minute to process the fact that everything you thought you knew about germs was wrong.
Have you calmed down yet? Alright. Let's proceed.
Unlike toilet seats, nothing else in a bathroom stall is designed to prevent bacteria from sticking to it.
Germs get spread all around the stall when we flush the toilet. They latch onto the walls, the door handle, the toilet paper dispenser, and, of course, the actual toilet paper.
When you lay down some paper, pick it up again when you’re done, and then probably touch your face, you’re likely exposing yourself to more bacteria.
Experts say it’s actually better to just sit on a bare toilet seat than creating a toilet paper barrier.
So what if you're not so into the idea of sitting where tons of strangers' butts have been and there are no toilet seat covers left?
Squatting is pretty much your only option.
But even if this method is a bit less comfortable than sitting, at least you’ll work out those glute muscles!