“Aren’t there more important things to be researching and worrying about seeing as the world is burning down both figuratively and literally,” some of you may be asking after reading that post title? No! This is vital news. It means that it’s not just me! I kid! Really. The Daily News reports that a recent survey showed that ½ of Americans don’t change their drawers every day.
Men’s underwear company Tommy John was responsible for the survey which gave us these not entirely surprising results considering people are gross.
Out of 1,000 people responding to an informal poll conducted by the underwear maker, 45% admitted they had worn the same pair of undies for two or more days, with 13% saying they had worn the same pair for a week or more, Tommy John said.
In their official clickbait statement, the company said that “basic common sense” does not prevail in half of the people surveyed.
“Conventional wisdom — and basic common sense — tells us that we should change our underwear every day, or at least wash them after every wear,” Tommy John said in its statement announcing the results. “But how many people actually follow this golden rule? After surveying 1,000 Americans, we found that this basic standard of underwear hygiene is definitely not universal.”
Tommy John then threw us Y chromosomers under the crusty drawers bus.
In a finding that did not surprise the company, Tommy John said men were 2.5 times as likely as women to wear unwashed undies for a week or more. That’s 20% of men versus 8% of women.
The survey also covered underwear replacement because they’re trying to sell skivvies here, and it revealed that 46% of people don’t follow “the pervasive wisdom that recommends swapping out old for new every six months to a year.” And 38% don’t know how long they’ve owned their underwear. This was equal between men and women.
Did anyone else not know you’re supposed to change up your underwear every year? Isn’t this why we have laundry detergent?
Real talk – ok, mmmaaayyybbeee in college and mmmmmaaayybbbeee a few times in my 20s and mmmaaayybbbeee at least one day in my 30s. But that was probably on a weekend, I swear. Look, sometimes there’s just wear em’ twice due to a laundry shortage or freeball and frankly, those guys who risk the zipper danger are living on the edge.