The Shower Poll

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When you shower, what is the direction you face during most of the duration of the shower?

Towards the stream of water
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26%
Away from the stream of water
164
61%
Duck/Otter
34
13%
 
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The Shower Poll

Postby sillybear25 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:39 pm UTC

This is an odd question that I've always wondered about, so I figured I'd start a poll about it. I generally face away from the water stream when I take a shower, but in TV/movies/etc. the person usually faces towards the water stream, so I was wondering how well that reflects reality.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:02 pm UTC

While shampooing/conditioning/rinsing my hair I face away from the water stream.
When using soap on the front half of my body I face away.
When rinsing the soap on the front half I face towards.
When soaping up the rear half of my body I face towards.
When rinsing the rear half I face away.

Then there was the occasional time when I'd visit my aunt and uncle (they've since moved) and their guest shower had a nozzle at each end.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Fat Zombie » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:03 pm UTC

...Why isn't there a 'both' option? Or do people never rotate on the y-axis when showering? I vote 'Duck/Otter', based on the assumption that they turn around whilst swimming.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Lazar » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:17 pm UTC

I always face toward the water. Except when I wash my hair, then I face away.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby hawkmp4 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:46 pm UTC

Except when I'm rinsing the front half of my body, I'm facing away.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby CHR1110 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:58 pm UTC

hawkmp4 wrote:Except when I'm rinsing the front half of my body, I'm facing away.


Same here.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Dasboard » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:03 pm UTC

I generally face away from the water stream when I take a shower, but in TV/movies/etc. the person usually faces towards the water stream, ....


That's because if they wouldn't, you'd be able to see their chests while being naked. And some channels don't like that. ( At least, that's my guess. )

Anyway, I face away from the stream while showering. I dislike the feeling of the stream in my face.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:07 pm UTC

I generally sort of rotate slowly around my Z axis.

NOTE: As an engineer, this is the Z axis.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby RoadieRich » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:30 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I generally sort of rotate slowly around my Z axis.

Being a theatre tech, I tend to rotate around the "out" axis, if such a thing could be said to exist.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby rigwarl » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:41 pm UTC

I shower all sides of my body.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Garm » Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:37 pm UTC

I want one of those showers with jets all around that I've recently seen advertised. That way I could rotate by choice not necessity. I'm with MJ on this one tho, it's your Z-axis. :)

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Antimony-120 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:46 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I generally sort of rotate slowly around my Z axis.

NOTE: As an engineer, this is the Z axis.
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I rotate around what one could call the [imath]\hat{k}[/imath] direction, although more technically it should be the [imath]\hat{r}[/imath] direction, in the Earth's C.O.M. frame. :P

But seriously, I face either direction. I start towards (using my hand to gauge water temp) step into the stream, quick scrub over the body with a sponge, turn around and do backside, then soap front, scrub in, turn around rinse front, soap and scrub back, turn sideways and do one arm, turn to other side do other arm, turn away from stream and wet hair, turn towards stream and shampoo, turn away and rinse, towards and condition, away and rinse, turn shower off.

There's a lot of turning. And those steps are sometimes done in a completely different order.

You now all know FAR too much about my showering habits. Enjoy.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Cane » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:28 pm UTC

hawkmp4 wrote:Except when I'm rinsing the front half of my body, I'm facing away.

This. I just don't want the pressure on my face. The jets that shoot from the sides are really awesome and I hope to install some in my next house.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby sillybear25 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:44 pm UTC

I re-worded the poll; now it's a bit closer to what I meant by the question, so please re-vote accordingly if your answer is different.

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I generally face away from the water stream when I take a shower, but in TV/movies/etc. the person usually faces towards the water stream, ....


That's because if they wouldn't, you'd be able to see their chests while being naked. And some channels don't like that. ( At least, that's my guess. )

See, I thought of this, too, but it's often the case that the person will still face the stream of water even if their torso can't be seen, whether it's due to part of the set physically blocking it or a close-up that only shows them from the shoulders up.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Sungura » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:50 pm UTC

Towards the shower, except when rinsing my hair & back.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby MrGee » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:57 pm UTC

Facing into the stream is essential for proper lathering technique. Obviously you have to turn around to rinse or you get soap in your eyes.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:00 pm UTC

I like just standing there, back to the water, head resting on the other wall (it's a tiny shower) and just sort of... relaxing. Occasionally I will reach back and turn up the hot water, sort of like a frog in a slowly-boiling pot, or I'll bring my morning coffee into the shower with me and shield its beany goodness with my body. It's about the only time of the day where people leave me alone, so I try to make it worth it.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby hawkmp4 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:19 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:...or I'll bring my morning coffee into the shower with me and shield its beany goodness with my body. It's about the only time of the day where people leave me alone, so I try to make it worth it.

This is brilliant. Shower AND coffee.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Aaeriele » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:26 pm UTC

I tend to change facing so that whatever portion of me I'm currently scrubbing/lathering/shampooing/conditioning is away from the water, and then turn around to rinse that portion afterwards. Thus, I'll be facing away when shampooing/conditioning hair, scrubbing front side, and rinsing back side, and facing towards when rinsing hair (x2), scrubbing back side, and rinsing front side.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby EmptySet » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:27 am UTC

I always face away, except when rinsing my front and sides. I tend to like my showers very hot with lots of water pressure, which is nice and relaxing on your shoulders and back, but not so pleasant when you're being blasted in the face with it.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:37 am UTC

hawkmp4 wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:...or I'll bring my morning coffee into the shower with me and shield its beany goodness with my body. It's about the only time of the day where people leave me alone, so I try to make it worth it.

This is brilliant. Shower AND coffee.

This is incredibly true. I am going to try this.

As for myself, I generally face away. I wonder if there's a correlation to the angle of the water and the way people face? I know I'm more likely to face the water if it's more horizontal, but if it's coming more straight down I face away.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby boring bore » Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:11 am UTC

I mostly face away. I had always thought I was just some kind of weirdo in that matter...
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Sandry » Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:29 am UTC

PhoenixEnigma wrote:As for myself, I generally face away. I wonder if there's a correlation to the angle of the water and the way people face? I know I'm more likely to face the water if it's more horizontal, but if it's coming more straight down I face away.

Wait, if it's coming straight down, what does "away" even mean in that context?

I probably face toward for 4/5ths of the shower, and I face away only while washing my face/neck. When washing my hair, I tend to face toward the water again, because most of my head will be above the stream, and I need my torso to shield my hair from getting rinsed too early.

The only time I face away from the water for significant periods of time is when I'm shaving my legs while in the shower, which is like contortionist funtimes, and is just a continual series of twisting, turning, stretching, bending, etc. wherein I've always missed 10% of each leg anyhow in a place I'm guaranteed to find about 10 minutes after I've dried off for maximised annoyance. Generally, though, leg-shaving is a face away activity, because there's nowhere I can stick a leg forward if I'm facing toward that'll be safe from the stream of water washing off all my suds.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:05 am UTC

Sandry wrote:
PhoenixEnigma wrote:As for myself, I generally face away. I wonder if there's a correlation to the angle of the water and the way people face? I know I'm more likely to face the water if it's more horizontal, but if it's coming more straight down I face away.

Wait, if it's coming straight down, what does "away" even mean in that context?

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Alpha Omicron » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:13 am UTC

I too have oft wondered about this matter.
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Postby Link » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:17 am UTC

Antimony-120 wrote:I rotate around what one could call the [imath]\hat{k}[/imath] direction, although more technically it should be the [imath]\hat{r}[/imath] direction, in the Earth's C.O.M. frame. :P

I rotate around my w-axis with a complex angular frequency. Doing that too fast makes me nauseous, though, and cleaning superfluid vomit from 4-dimensional shower walls is not fun. (Although admittedly, shitting strangelets is a lot worse.)

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Sasha » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:38 am UTC

I tend to face directly into the stream of water. I say directly because the showerhead is mounted at the height of my face, and I have to aim it straight out to get my head wet.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Watcher Of The Skies » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:41 am UTC

I stand with the water hitting my left shoulder. I mostly just stand there enjoying the hot water when I actually shower at home (I'm usually at the pool). When wetting/rinsing my hair, I face away and lean back into it.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Woopate » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:13 am UTC

I face towards the stream and stand far enough away from the head that the stream doesn't hit my head, and step forward to wash my hair. I'd almost think this question requires an expansion to include shower configuration, including angle of water stream, water pressure, and available floorspace.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Earlz » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:23 am UTC

hawkmp4 wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:...or I'll bring my morning coffee into the shower with me and shield its beany goodness with my body. It's about the only time of the day where people leave me alone, so I try to make it worth it.

This is brilliant. Shower AND coffee.


THIS! I must try this next time I take a shower.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby wst » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:10 pm UTC

Sasha wrote:I tend to face directly into the stream of water. I say directly because the showerhead is mounted at the height of my face, and I have to aim it straight out to get my head wet.
I... just duck down...
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Magnanimous » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:00 pm UTC

Away from when applying soap/shampoo and lathering, towards when rinsing. Occasionally, I'll have my back to the water the entire time and walk backwards into the stream to rinse.

I also spend a lot of time at the far end of the bathtub, avoiding the water completely... That's probably not great for water conservation, but hey.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby she-ra » Sun Apr 04, 2010 11:48 am UTC

I think it depends on the shower. When I was in digs at university we had a fantastic shower that was at the perfect angle for me to stand facing it without the water going in my face. I found this most convinient because I could stand in the stream of water (facing it) while washing my hair and then I could rotate different parts in and out of the stream as I washed and rinsed them. Now I'm back home and our shower head is positioned directly above you. I hate this because you have to step out of the stream of water to wash your hair and can't leave conditioner in while you wash your face.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby LTK » Sun Apr 04, 2010 12:23 pm UTC

Away. I always stand under the shower with my head, and because water running over my face is uncomfortable (diving reflex) my back is always turned to the water.

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Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:03 pm UTC

I have a removable shower head, so I grab the shower head and direct the water manually to whatever body-parts require rinsing. But then, I'm a tall guy in a world apparently designed for exceptionally short dwarf pygmys, so the shower-head's mounting place is too low to shower the top of my head properly.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby EmptySet » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:00 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:I have a removable shower head, so I grab the shower head and direct the water manually to whatever body-parts require rinsing. But then, I'm a tall guy in a world apparently designed for exceptionally short dwarf pygmys, so the shower-head's mounting place is too low to shower the top of my head properly.


I actually have that problem sometimes and I'm not unusually tall. My theory is that many things are based on the average height of the entire populace, which due to sexual dimorphism means that they're a bit too large for the average woman and a bit too small for the average man.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby Magnanimous » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:19 am UTC

It took me way too long to realize that the thread title could be a pun.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:46 am UTC

MrGee wrote:Facing into the stream is essential for proper lathering technique. Obviously you have to turn around to rinse or you get soap in your eyes.
Nay. I just put one hand above them to keep the shampoo out.

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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby You, sir, name? » Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:06 pm UTC

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You, sir, name? wrote:I have a removable shower head, so I grab the shower head and direct the water manually to whatever body-parts require rinsing. But then, I'm a tall guy in a world apparently designed for exceptionally short dwarf pygmys, so the shower-head's mounting place is too low to shower the top of my head properly.


I actually have that problem sometimes and I'm not unusually tall. My theory is that many things are based on the average height of the entire populace, which due to sexual dimorphism means that they're a bit too large for the average woman and a bit too small for the average man.


I'm not freakishly tall or anything, just 194 cm / 6'4"-ish. That has me being taller than most regular people, but shorter than most professional basketball players. The problem, besides what you describe, is that 40 years ago when my apartment in was built, my height was freakishly tall.
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Re: The Shower Poll

Postby LTK » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:51 pm UTC

Magnanimous wrote:It took me way too long to realize that the thread title could be a pun.

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