Kitchen most dangerous place for iPhones, says SquareTrade

By on October 16, 2012, 12:30 PM

According to data recently doled out by warranty provider SquareTrade, about 21 percent of iPhone-destroying calamities occur in the kitchen. While the kitchen is tops in terms of smartphone destruction, other rooms which come awfully close are the living room (18 percent) and the bathroom (16 percent). Bedrooms, on the other hand, only weighed in at 8 percent while driveways accounted for about 10 percent of all iPhone mishaps.

Although the 2,500-person survey didn't touch on why kitchens appears to be the most menacing room for iPhones, kitchens also have it out for their owners too -- so maybe it isn't just an iPhone thing. After all, what other room combines molten liquids, open flames, rock hard floors, slippery surfaces and copious amounts of sharp tools?

Americans have spent $5.9 billion on damaged iPhones, according to another recent estimate by SquareTrade. And when it comes to being careless iPhones, Mississippi is a national leader. Nearly one-third of Mississippi iPhone owners are expected to accidentally damage their phones over a two year period -- yikes.

Water is by far the most treacherous liquid when it comes iPhones, accounting for 43 percent of liquid damage. As the most ubiquitous liquid on planet Earth, water may pose no surprise; however, fluids with far more complete and irreversible powers of destruction -- soda, beer and coffee / tea -- round out the top four at 19 percent, 12 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

Ever drive off with your phone still on top of your car? No? Well, six percent of individuals surveyed said they had. Five percent said they left their iPhone in a washing machine too -- I suppose that's one way to get rid of those finger smudges.

Although those are indeed interesting ways for an iPhone to perish, there was one factoid which stood out above all others: a whole nine percent of accident-prone owners dropped their phones in the toilet. *Plunk*

Readers can view the entire infographic here.

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Gareis Gareis said:

The kitchen is probably the most dangerous as for any smart-phone, however, it can also be used to repair water damage, just stick your phone in the oven for a coupe hours.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

This exactly is why I don't play Fruit Ninja while cooking. One minute you're making your way up the leader boards, the next minute you're trying to explain to everyone why dinner is sending them photos of the inside of an oven.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Who carries a phone that has never been caught out in a rain? I had a phone destroyed by work environment conditions involving water 10 years ago. We have always had the technology to waterproof phones through out the entire life of a cell phone. The whole device doesn't need to be waterproofed, just the electronics within. Waterproofing the PCB would go along way in protecting the device from water damage.

I'm asking and have always asked, why cell phones have not been waterproofed by required standards?

psycros psycros said:

I blame Samuel Jackson.

ikesmasher said:

The kitchen is probably the most dangerous as for any smart-phone, however, it can also be used to repair water damage, just stick your phone in the oven for a coupe hours.

GREAT idea.

Gareis Gareis said:

GREAT idea.

It works.

Guest said:

iPhone or Kitchen? That is the question.

1 person liked this | avoidz avoidz said:

At least 9% of owners have the right idea.

Guest said:

Why would an iphone user be in a kitchen. Most of them dont know how to cook

Guest said:

Q: why would an iPhone user be in a kitchen then their iPhone damaged?

A: simple, there are 2 possibilities. First, they make a call while cooking, of course both of their hands are busy, so their iPhone clamped between shoulder and cheek; Second, they're cooking while reading/following instruction or cooking guide from their iPhone

Guest said:

The most dangerous place for an iphone or even apple products is my house.

Guest said:

The ultimate dangerous place for iPhones is where apple haters nearby or in the middle of it.. :p

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