After noticing an increase in visitor searches for iPhone repairs, www.CouponCodesPro.com took a poll looking into the number of American iPhone users who have damaged their handsets, as well as the most common causes of damage.
The research focused on U.S. citizens, 18 and over, who owned an iPhone for at least six months. When asked if the iPhone they were using at the time of the poll had a cracked or damaged screen, 21% said "yes."
Thirty-four percent reported broken screens, 21% of which said that they had scratched the plastic or metal outer-casing of their handset; 9% confessed to water-damage.
Repair or Not
Why carry a broken phone? Seventy-one percent admitted that they would not want to pay for the repair, while 14% said that they were planning on fixing the problem when they next had the money.
Surprisingly, 27% had a protective case attached to the back of their iPhone when the damage occurred; post damage 59% invested in a protective case (despite the phone still being damaged).
My Dog Broke My iPhone
How did the respondents damage their iPhones in the first place? Some took the blame, others assigned it.
"I was under the influence of alcohol and dropped my iPhone on a hard surface."- 47%
"My child/a child was responsible for the damage." - 19%
"I was clumsy and dropped my iPhone on a hard surface." - 17%
"I dropped my iPhone into water (toilet/pool/wash basin)." - 9%
"My pet/an animal was responsible for the damage." 4%
The majority (61%) of those using a damaged handset owned either an iPhone 5, 5c or 5s, while 32% had an iPhone 4 or 4s model. The remaining 7% either had an original iPhone, an iPhone 3G or an iPhone 3GS model.