Sheet you not: bog roll is all about control and self-sufficiency

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Sheet you not: bog roll is all about control and self-sufficiency

Seven things you probably didn’t know about ... toilet paper

Paula Andropoulos

According to several experts on consumer behaviour, there are manifold psychological motivations underlying our tendency to stockpile toilet paper, rather than, say, bandages or tinned sardines, during times of uncertainty.

Not only do we respond to perceived shortages with the (somewhat perverse) impetus to deplete whatever’s on the shelves, but apparently we also associate toilet paper with control and self-sufficiency, a subconscious connotation that is entrenched in us from the time we are potty-trained.

If you have been fascinated by the phenomenon of some selfish compatriots trying to buy all the toilet paper on the shelves as the Covid-19 pandemic tightened its grip, here’s a bit of humour ... seven things you probably didn’t know about the product...

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