5 Shocking Cell Phone Statistics That Are Sure to Blow Your Mind
Updated: Mar 16
Cellphones are a must-have device if you want to keep up in our fast-paced world. In fact, you're likely to be reading this article on yours! USA Today reported in 2018 that nearly 80 percent of Americans own at least one cell phone. Phones have delicate screens, and ports and connectors that can be easily damaged by water or dirt. Cell phone protection is paramount, and here are some shocking damage statistics that will make you think twice!
1. About 45 percent of cell phone owners will accidentally damage their phones.
Damage of your cell phone is most likely to take place in your home, while you’re watching TV, cooking in the kitchen, or even in the toilet! The reason is largely psychological: We feel safe in our homes, and because of this we are more careless with our devices. This is not to say that we’re throwing our phones around; we just aren’t as cautious as we would normally be if we were outdoors, for example.
2. The average time from purchase to breaking your phone is approximately 10 weeks.
When we purchase a new phone, we're excited and want to ensure that we do everything to protect it, so we buy the bulky case and screen protector. But as time goes by, we begin taking the bulky case off at home because we're in that 'safe zone' and think that nothing could possibly go wrong. Then we get lazy and in the habit of leaving the house without it, and sure enough, we drop our phone and crack the screen.
3. More than 38 percent of consumers will drop their phone right out of their hand.
We’ve all fumbled around in our pockets to answer an important call. But sadly, as we get our phone out of our pocket, it slips and crashes to the floor. And while we're talking about phones in our pockets, we're also sitting on our phones (and breaking them!) when they're in the back pocket of our favorite jeans, or they kind of just fall out of our shirt pockets when we bend over.
4. A whopping 28 percent of consumers will drop their phones into liquid and 8 percent spill onto their device.
Water damage are the two dreaded words that are not covered by the one-year manufacturer’s warranty. We’ve all experienced a water incident, and if you haven’t you’re one of the lucky ones. Take our advice: When you’re using the washroom, your phone is not safe in your back pocket - or even in your hand. It's very possible that it will fall out, right into the toilet!
5. Some 15 percent of people will break their phone by dropping it off their lap.
Have you ever forgotten that you placed your smartphone on your lap, and then when you stand up, it goes crashing to the floor? At least you bought a screen protector, right? More often than not, if you purchase a screen protector, your phone should be OK. But if you didn’t, you’re likely out of luck and will be on your way to the repair shop for a new screen.
None of this takes into account the huge amounts of stress and frustration experienced when losing or damaging our cell phones. And how much does this cost us? The new iPhones cost as much as $1,449 for the most expensive model - and you have to either go to a store or order online to replace it, all of which takes up a lot of our precious time. Then we spend even more time uploading our apps. But then you've forgotten most of your passwords, so you have to reset those, too. Shall we go on?
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