We all have pressing needs in life. Going to the bathroom is one of those pressures. Sure, it’s inconvenient sometimes, but it’s something we all must do. It’s also something that makes us feel self conscious when we need to do it in public situations. That personal discomfort was what motivated the developers of Akatu Fake Shower.
This iPhone app is suppose to conceal any unwanted noises while listening to nature’s call. It simulates the sounds of running faucet water or a running shower. Their reasoning is that many people will turn on the shower or faucet while going to the bathroom, and an app that makes similar sounds would save water. While the theory is sound, the practice doesn’t hold much water. That was my only pun. I promise.
Although you can control the loudness of the water in the app, there is a limit to the output volume of an iPad or iPhone due to its speakers. Part of using the shower itself is the fact that it’s very loud. I haven’t heard of anyone using a faucet, and it’s probably for the same reason. The shower is louder by far. Quite frankly, I don’t think this app would do a great job of concealing much. It might prove to be a false sense of relief.
I understand that people are squeamish about going to the bathroom around friends or people they have intimate feelings for. I also have to wonder about why people are hanging out next to bathroom doors when they know that someone is in there. I’ve lived in apartments with thin walls and oddly placed bathrooms. It’s never been a problem. Turn on the TV if it’s next to the living room. Turn on the bathroom vent. Start singing while alone in the bathroom like my kids do. Whatever you choose, it will probably be more effective than using a fake shower app.