According to the research company Plaxo roughly 33 percent of people either lose or break their phone. A British study found that the average iPhone was broken or damaged roughly 10 weeks from purchase. Most of these accidents mundane however some are quite different.
Among the 23 million Americans that have damaged their phones while watching a sporting event, 12 percent flung their phone in a fit of passion, while 13 percent dropped their phone into their beers.
Plaxo research suggests that other ways people harm their phones include dropping them into fireplaces, falling into urinals, running them over with lawnmowers, allowing them to be eaten by dogs.
Who you are and where you are reveals a bit about how likely you are to break or lose a smartphone, according to research by insurance provider Protect Your Bubble.
Among the company’s findings:
- 18-to 24-year-olds are 16 percent more likely to break their phone than other users, with the most common accidents being cracking screens or spilling liquid
- Men are 70 percent more likely to lose their phones and 57 percent more likely to drop their phones into a toilet
- Women are 42 percent more likely to have their phone stolen
- Of women who break their phone, the most likely room in the house for that to happen is the bathroom
- Men most often break their phone in the garage
If these statistics teach us anything, it’s to back up our phone data and make sure to keep our insurance plans up-to-date. Smartphones are an expensive, and, for many, an integral part of their job. Protect yourself by keeping your phone protected from these most common causes of damage