Apple iPhone users prize their devices but many lose them to accidents – not on the go, as you might expect, but mostly around home. The number one spot for iPhone accidents? The kitchen.
But just for future reference, it’s not a good idea to put your iPhone in a washing machine, either.
SquareTrade, which sells technology protection plans, says its research shows that 51 percent of iPhone accidents happen around the home, most (21 percent) in the kitchen.
The study also revealed that “unusual” iPhone accidents are much more common than previously expected: In addition to an astonishing 9% toilet mishap statistic, the research shows that 5% of iPhone users have put an iPhone in the washing machine and 6% of users have put their device on top of their car and then driven off.
Smartphones have become our third hand – our instinctual resource for information and entertainment,” commented Ty Shay , SquareTrade’s CMO. “Whether or not you’re the one in ten that drops your iPhone in the toilet, you’re likely taking your phone everywhere, and that habit needs protection.”
While one might guess that the yard and the swimming pool are risky settings for the iPhone, SquareTrade’s Device Danger Zone Survey1 revealed that the top five danger zones around the home are:
- the kitchen (21% of accidents around the home happen here)
- the living room (17%)
- the bathroom (16%)
- the driveway (10%)
- the bedroom (8%)
Here’s an infographic detailing the research findings:
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