According to the latest survey by SquareTrade, Super Bowl fans had best hold on to their beloved phones during Super Bowl XLVII, for fear of dropping, dunking, or fumbling the gadgets.
Approximated 23 million Americans have damaged phones while watching sporting events with Ravens’ fans 14% more likely to fumble their phones than 49er fans. Could this possibly mean that the Ravens may fumble more often than the 49ers?
According to the study 27% of Ravens fans have had a cell phone accident in the past 12 months, compared to just 23% for those rooting for the 49ers.
The top 5 sporting spectator gadget accidents revealed by the SquareTrade survey are:
1) The standard drop: device dropped from hand – 33%
2) Liquid drops -most common of which are toilet drops, sweat and water spills – 18%
3) Beer drops – devices dropped in beer -13% – it’s more common than you would think!
4) Passion drops: devices thrown in anger or excitement – 12%
5) Bar drop: devices falling from a bar or table – 8%
“Given the tweeting, texting and photographing in arenas, stadiums, living rooms and local sports bars across the nation, we weren’t surprised to learn that one in ten Americans has damaged their phone during a game,” commented Ty Shay, SquareTrade’s Chief Marketing Officer. “But the prevalence of Passion and Beer Drops caught us by surprise, and speaks volumes about the passion Americans have for football and other sports.”
Luckily for all you clumsy Super Bowl fans out there, SquareTrade has provided some much needed device defense and outlines 5 tips for a fumble-free game:
1) Keep your phone at hand but not in hand – like the precious TV remote find a place that is close to the couch and easy to find
2) Count to ten after all suspect calls or player mistakes
3) Never use or take your device to the bathroom
4) Consider using hands-free beer hat dispensers
5) Protect your phone and promote your team with football phone covers
Cell phone use is at an all-time high, so much so that during this year’s Super Bowl, cell phone companies are bringing in extra towers in order to deal with the massive amounts of data that will be flowing to and from the many devices at the big game.
SquareTrade is offering a helping hand to those overzealous fans that end up destroying their device. Simply share your story at the SquareTrade Facebook page and you could win a chance to receive a replacement device.
A word of advice if you happen to drop your device in any type of liquid, including the toilet, try placing the phone in a sealed container of uncooked rice. The rice will absorb the moisture and hopefully restore your phone.
Good luck and may the Super Bowl Gods be with you.
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