Toilets pose problem for smartphone users


From taking selfies through to dropping phones in puddles, devices are being dropped often

Aside from dropping your smartphone while out and about, letting your phone fall while on the toilet came up as the most common way to damage it in a recent survey. Of those who broke their phone, 60% of 18 to 24 year olds admitted to having dropped their device down the toilet, closely followed by those in the 25 to 34 age bracket with 51%, the research from  UK high street tech repair company, iSmash, showed.

One in five in the 25 to 34 age bracket admitted to previously breaking their phone while taking a picture of themselves. There was also a clear gender split, with ‘selfie smashing’ 10% more common amongst men than it was with women.

iSmash’s research also found that men were far more likely to damage their mobile device whilst travelling to work on public transport (30% versus 20%,) and also while exercising (18%  versus 10%). In fact, the only way in which women were more likely to damage their device was by dropping it down the loo (55% versus 44%).

Those travelling on public transport in Greater London broke their phone more frequently than anywhere else in the UK; 30% of Londoners who have broken their device did so whilst on public transport, compared to 20% of those in Scotland and just 10% of those in the North West.

Despite the high likelihood of damaging or smashing smart devices, almost two thirds (63%) of those Generation Z’ers fail to take out insurance for their smartphone, followed by 65% of 25 to 34 year olds and 80% of people aged 55 and over.

Julian Shovlin, founder and MD at iSmash said: “In recent years we’ve seen an evolutionary development in smartphone design, with most phones now having both a glass screen and a glass back. Whilst these new features are attractive and innovative, they do affect the fragility of device, increasing the amount of breakages year on year.

“Everyone should consider repairing their device rather than replacing it when it breaks. Not only does this benefit the environment, but it’s also much more cost effective. With the help of iSmash, consumers can receive a same day repair service for their smartphone or tablet nationwide.”


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