So according to someone at the New York Times who probably just started toilet training her kid, these new [sic] automatic flush toilets everywhere are traumatizing young children.
Like so many articles about Kids These Days, the real issue is, is your kid neurotic? Experts say not yet, but keep trying:
Jerilyn Ross, president of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, said that a fear of automatic toilets did not, in itself, meet the criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis.The real problem, of course, is parents, parents who didn't grow up in an automatic flush world, who had to get up to change the channel, whose phones were tethered to the wall by long, curly cables with an annoying propensity to get tangled up.
The kid has had her issues with unexpectedly loud toilets, especially on airplanes. Now we anticipate it, talk about it, sometimes pre-flush the toilet to see if it's loud. See, she likes to be told. If it's going to flush.