The way I see it, the laptop bathroom question requires... nay, demands further investigation. You may have never thought about it before, but the relationship between the bathroom and gadgets brings up a whole mess of questions about habits and etiquette that simply must be explored. I mean, who needs magazines when you have a web capable device sitting in your pocket? That having been said, I have to ask: Do you use your cellphone on the toilet?
@rochec: Poo smeared touchscreen? Good lord, man! You're doing it all wrong! In my several decades of defecation, I think I can count the times I've had poo on my fingers on one hand (as in the number of time is less than five, not that I get poo on one hand and not the other). I mean, "breakthroughs" happen...but they are very rare. At least for most of us...
I'll admit to spending a good deal of time on the can playing Mahjong or iSolitaire, but never, ever talking to anyone in there. Well, at work anyway. I suppose my Lovely Wife has been subject to a couple of home-based toilet conversations over the years (it's not my fault she has really bad timing when she calls). I swear, only with her do I cross that line! Oh, and I always put it back in my pocket before I..you know...finish up. It doesn't get touched again until after my hands are well washed!
I don't see what's gross about using a device like that when you're sitting there. I mean, it's not like you've already touched anything else that could transfer poo to your phone (again, unless you're really doing it wrong!)