The Reason German Men Sit Down While Peeing


The world has many fascinating cultural differences, and language often helps mold them.

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis posits that language influences culture, and there's an intriguing piece of evidence supporting this idea - the term 'Sitzpinkler.'

In German, 'Sitzpinkler' refers to a man who pees while sitting down.

Interestingly, not only do the Germans have a specific word for it, but they also display a higher inclination to sit down for this act compared to most other nationalities.

A survey conducted by YouGov, a UK-based pollster, across 13 countries shed light on men's urinating preferences.

The study found some really interesting findings about how guys pee in Europe, Canada, the US, Mexico, Singapore, and Australia.

Guess what? Germany came out on top, with a huge 40% of men saying they always sit down when they pee and another chunk doing it most of the time.

Sweden's men are also on board with the sitting trend, coming in second place at 22% sitting down all the time and an additional 28% doing it most times.

The Danish dudes take the third spot with 44% sitting down, followed closely by Australians (39%) and Canadians (35%).

On the other hand, Poland and the UK have fewer sitters. Only 27% of Polish men and 9% of British men choose to sit down every time they pee.

The US had only 10% of men sitting down to pee 'every time' and 13% doing so 'most times.'

The numbers were even lower for Mexico and Singapore, with just 6% and 5% of men, respectively, choosing to sit down for the task.

So, how did German men master the skill of sitting down when answering nature's call?

The shift in attitude appears to have happened in the early 2000s when a device called the 'Spuk' or 'toilet ghost was introduced.'

This device, launched in Germany in 2004, politely reminds men to return the toilet seat to its horizontal position and pee while sitting down.

Certain editions even showcase prominent voices like Angela Merkel or Helmut Kohl.

Prior to this change in mindset, being labeled a Sitzpinkler held negative connotations, suggesting weakness or femininity in men.

However, with a growing emphasis on hygiene and health, sitting down to pee gained popularity.

Sitting down to pee has some perks, especially for men with prostate or urinary tract problems. It helps minimize mess and ensures better emptying of the bladder.

Even though Germany mostly prefers sitting, there are still some die-hard "Stehpinklers" who stand their ground and always pee standing up.

In a well-known court case back in 2015 in Düsseldorf, a landlady refused to return a tenant's deposit because of "spillover" damage caused by the tenant's standing technique around the toilet.

The judge ruled in favor of the tenant, recognizing that peeing while standing is still a widespread practice, even though more people are now sitting down.

Interestingly, other European countries like the Nordics, the Netherlands, and France are also moving from standing to sitting.

Even in countries with lower rates of sitting, like the US and UK, younger folks are showing more interest in the idea than the older generation.

In Japan, they've taken the lead in "sitzpinkeln." The term 'suwari-shon' describes men who prefer to pee while sitting, and its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years.

The rise of high-tech toilets with heated seats and various jet streams likely played a role in this trend.

Cultural practices and preferences are ever-changing.

While language may have some influence on culture, factors like technology and hygiene considerations can heavily shape habits and traditions.

Ultimately, whether you choose to sit or stand is up to you.

Always keep in mind to be thoughtful of others – and make sure to aim accurately!