Brian Wallace, Founder & President, NowSourcing
We are on our phones a whole lot. And for good reason because lots of business and personal activities are done on a mobile device – which explains why there are very nearly 1.3 billion more mobile connections than there are people in the entire world. Smartphones have become a huge part of our lives as they have become so common among everyone. Since 1973, the rise of cellular phones have been the fastest growing phenomenon ever; the cell phone ownership has increased rapidly as now almost all Americans own a smartphone. Smartphones aren’t the only mobile device that have been rising over the years – between the years of 2010 and 2018, tablet ownership increased by 16 times, and the percentage of American adults that only access the internet from only a smartphone has more than doubled in the past few years.
The smartphone has become so prevalent that according to one survey, mobile phones can be critical to performing work tasks and most people admitted that when their phone was taken away or lost they felt anxiety for fear of missing out on the things that matter to them most. So what happens to us when our phones are taken away or break?
The main cause of us being scared or afraid when we are separated from our devices is the fear of missing out on anything. It’s easy to understand the fear – our phones are very much essential to our lives nowadays, ranging from contacting your future employer to ordering pizza.
A decision made by many when their phones break is to just buy a new phone and as a bonus you upgrade your phone. But with the rising costs of new phones, starting at over $1,000 and reaching prices of $2000, this option becomes less appealing to most, who are just trying to get back to work without spending thousands of dollars.
So breaking your phone is a big deal. Whether it be from it falling out of your hands while on the phone with someone or knocking it off of a table and the screen cracking, all forms of damage to our phones can severely inhibit our ability to use the phone at all – and screen cracks are very common. In 2018, nearly 2 American smartphone screens broke every second. A good way to protect screen damage is with a screen protector – but over 20% of smartphone owners don’t have a screen protector because they don’t like how it looks or because they just don’t want to spend the extra money.
If our phones are broken and it’s too expensive for a new phone, what can be done? Fixing your phones may be easier and more cost effective because a lot of the time you can fix your phone by yourself, and even if you can’t, there are many professionals who can. Find out how to make sure your phone doesn’t break and how to fix them here.
About the Author: Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian runs #LinkedInLocal events, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Adviser for 2016-present. Follow Brian Wallace on Linked