Why Do Women Travel to the Bathroom in Pairs?

You’re sitting at a restaurant for lunch with your colleagues when one woman stands to go to the ladies’ room. Suddenly, another woman stands and says, “I’ll come with you.” Or . . .

You’re out having drinks at a bar with friends. One of your female friends says she’s going to use the restroom. Just then, another of your female friends announces she would like to come along. Off they go, together.

Why do women travel to the bathroom in pairs? It seems like something just as quickly accomplished alone, but women all over the country go together. Are they doing their makeup? Talking about you? Brushing one another’s hair and gossiping about their favorite movies? Is there a full-on slumber party simultaneously happening between stalls over the United States?

We are getting to the bottom of this, here and now!

To Check Their Makeup

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Here’s a woman secret that most women don’t talk about in mixed company . . . lipstick is a pain. It fades, it smears, it clumps up on the corners of our mouths. Ann-oy-ing. This is why you won’t find us sitting around our houses in our pj’s wearing a pop of red on our lips. You will find that we all have a lip balm for our purse, backpack, and nightstand. Lip balm isn’t annoying.

That being said, we enjoy the color. We can achieve the defining sense of self cosmetically, especially when we’re out and about with friends or someone we find attractive. What better way to make sure our makeup is staying where it’s supposed to than to grab our nearest friend and head to the restroom?

To Breathe

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Sometimes sitting at a table facing everyone else and feeling the need to join in the conversation can be exhausting, especially if the conversation turns to something heavy like politics or religion!

Grabbing a friend, excusing yourself, and enjoying the quiet of the restroom for a few moments provides solace, an opportunity to reenergize, and the space to breathe and “be” before heading back into the energy at the table.

Wardrobe Malfuntions

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There’s nothing more distracting than sitting at a dinner table or at the bar when and suddenly feeling like your bra clasp just undid itself, a strap came untied, or your buttons might be buttoned incorrectly. Sometimes you can correct this fashion faux pas casually and right in front of everyone else–the more subtle, the better. Other times, you need backup.

Moments like this are perfect for gently tapping the shoulder of the nearest female and asking if she can help you with something in the restroom. With another set of eyes, we can be assured our outfits are on par, keeping everything where it should be. Once you’re fully locked and loaded, you’re ready to re-enter the fray.

Change, Please

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It’s pretty rare when we happen to be carrying change around with us these days. In general, most money that changes hands does so in Paypal, Venmo, or some other service. You don’t often hear the jingling of change in anyone’s pockets or purses. In general, that’s not a problem–simply a sign of our changing times. But . . .

Now and then, a girl needs a quarter or two! That’s when she needs to call upon the kindness of one of her sisters to head to the restroom with her.

Gossip Sesh

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From time to time, a woman has something to say about you that she doesn’t want to say in front of you. It’s nothing personal–unless it’s personal.

Here’s the thing, if she’s into you, she’s going to enlist the help of the other women in the room to help her assess whether you’re into her too. She could rely on her own skills of observation and instinct, but it’s way more fun to have another set of eyes on the situation. Conversely, if she isn’t into you, she’s going to ask her female cohorts to help divert his attention off of her and onto themselves, or anything else!

Summary Breaks

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Suppose a woman finds herself embroiled in a conversation in which she’s catching mixed signals or feeling any level of shock or surprise in terms of the signals her conversation partner is laying down. In that case, she’s going to grab a woman or two, head to the ladies’ room, and summarize the conversation as quickly as possible.

She’s hoping to gain clarity on one of three things: the kind of conversation she’s in (is the person coming onto her or is she imagining it), whether the person is lying about something, or whether she should respond one way or another. The longer she’s in the restroom with her posse, the more she has to untangle before she feels comfortable proceeding.

She Wants a Line Buddy

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Standing in line is boring. It’s been boring since we were in grade school and had to wait in line for the water fountain at the end of recess. You know what we mean. “Hey, so-and-so, are you trying to drink the whole ocean? Hurry up!” Standing in boring lines is triggering.

If a woman sees there’s a line at the restroom, she’ll head over with backup. It’s not that she cannot entertain herself–especially if she has her phone with her or she’s super into people watching–it’s that standing in line is way more fun and productive when you’re doing it with someone else. So, if you see a line at the restroom door, you can assume she’ll take a friend.

Door Guard Duty

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We’ve all been there–we have to use the restroom, but we’re not sure we trust the door sitch. When that happens, it’s good to bring a friend along to stand guard. No one is trying to have a stranger open the door mid-you-know-what.

We think guys would also ask a friend to come with them to the restroom if the doors seemed shady.

Wing Man Stuff

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Sometimes people say mean things, and as girls, we have a specific intuition to knowing when another girl is hurting. When we sense a friend in need, we will initiate a trip to the bathroom and set the record straight with our friend.

Once there, we will hype up our girl! We’ll make sure she leaves that restroom feeling poised, confident, and ready to get back on track to being the queen she is.

Playing Defense

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When a woman can see a set of curious eyes watching her every move–and she isn’t interested in pursuing the person further–she will ask a friend to head to the ladies’ room with her to stop his potential advances.

You’ve seen it before–two women walking together, arm-in-arm, as they appear to be in the depths of a riveting conversation. That’s an intimidating scene for a man. He isn’t likely to break the barrier of women deep in discussion about whatever women talk about. This is a subtle use of the wingman and quite effective against unwanted advances!


Celeb Facts - Celebrities Who Don't Care About Computers, Social Media, Or The Internet

  1. Winona Ryder said in a 2010 interview that she doesn't use the internet; whether or not that's still true ten years later is unknown. She also mentioned she rarely uses a computer. She is quoted as saying she used her blackberry to read her email. Perhaps she still uses one, or maybe she's joined the rest of us with a mini-computer in her hand.
  2. Angelina Jolie told USA Today in 2011 that her brain is too scattered to use something like the internet. She tried Amazon once and said she was overwhelmed by the choices. This Hollywood star said she prefers to use catalogs to do her shopping.
  3. Christopher Walken is not a fan of computers. He said his wife does all sorts of masochistic things like looking herself up, but he said, I never have that temptation. The star doesn't even own a cell phone; his producers usually have to give him a phone just for the length of his shoot.
  4. George Clooney is not a fan of Facebook or Twitter. In fact, he told Esquire I'd rather have a rectal examination on live TV by a fellow with cold hands than have a Facebook page. He thinks it's loony for any celebrity to have a Facebook page or Twitter account.
  5. Elton John boldly announced once that the entire internet should shut down for five years. The music legend said the music industry was suffering greatly from online sharing. Musicians and other artists lose out on a lot of money when their work is shared illegally.

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