I am known for taking meticulous care of my smartphone. It is rare indeed when my iPhone is out of it’s protective case, and in those times, I make sure it’s not over the toilet or over an area where it would break were it to fall to the ground. My reasoning is simple – I don’t want to be forced to use a damaged phone until it’s time for me to upgrade again. Alas, I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. Earlier this year, as I was walking with my daughter at the park, my phone was not in its case for whatever reason. At this time, I was using a Galaxy S3, and as I tried to slip it into my pocket it missed the pocket completely. It fell to the ground where the screen shattered and I was less than amused. The one time I had it out without the case and I shattered the screen. What is it they say about Murphy’s Law? It turns out I’m not the only one forced into using a damaged phone – a recent study by Zagg showed that 48% of smartphone users are currently using damaged phones.  (“Damaged” consists of cracked screens as well as other cosmetic damage).

The survey showed that a majority of people, when faced with a damaged phone, make the decision to get it repaired at an average cost of $144 instead of waiting for their time to upgrade.

Study Shows That Half Of Us Use Damaged Phones

I thought this would be a good time to ask: if/when you damage your smartphone, what would/do you do? Do you get it repaired or do you wait it out? Is your smartphone currently damaged? Let us know in the comments section below!

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