I think this question was asked already. I'm still waiting to hear what it all means....
I would surmise that over-the-toppers are probably type 1 perfectionists. Under-and-down are likely get it done quickly and efficiently types. Those that don't bother with putting it on the holder at all are unambitious potheads.
I'd think that the appeal of over the top is that the end of the roll is always visible. I see that group as being more about efficiently using the roll with a minimum amount of time spent finding the end. Most of the arguments for under and down I've seen are about aesthetics. The end of the roll isn't visible
, so it looks neater. Also means you get to sit their spinning the roll hoping an end will appear, but that's the price of a beautiful bathroom experience. To be fair, I've also heard the whole "my cat plays with the end if it's visible" argument for under and down users.
Agree completely on the slackers who just toss the roll nearby. I have some friends who do this and it drives me nuts. It's like there's a perfectly good holder right there
. Why is the roll always in some random spot on a counter nearby? It's not like the 5 seconds it takes to put it on the holder is that much more of an effort after you've already gotten the roll out in the first place.
Oh. There is one case in which I'll always argue that over the top is better (and also makes me wonder what people are thinking sometimes): Those holders where the rolls are recessed inside a box of some kind (more common in public bathrooms) with an actual space inside the box beneath where the roll is. If you roll it under and behind, the end will roll out and into the bottom of the box if you roll it the wrong way. Even if you roll it correctly, you can't over roll it, or it'll fall into the box (and you'll have to roll it around again and grab at the end as it comes by). Silly design to begin with, but really silly if you put the paper in that way.