If you’re like most people, your cell phone is practically an appendage. According to research conducted by the Pew Research Center
, 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone, 77 percent of whom own smartphones.
What’s more, smartphone users spend nearly three
hours a day using apps, browsing the internet, and keeping in touch with friends and family.
However, despite the ubiquity of these devices, countless individuals don’t exactly know how to keep them in tip-top shape. Perhaps that’s why, according to
figures from the Consumer Technology Association, smartphones have a relatively short 4.7-year average lifespan. Consider that smartphones can easily cost $700 or $800—or, in the case of the iPhone X, a whopping $999—and the fact that simple repairs, like screen replacements, can run tabs of more than $150, and you’ll realize that owning a cell phone in the modern era can get expensive, fast.
So, before you ruin another wallet-busting electronic device, learn about all the ways you’re kneecapping your phone’s health, often without even realizing it. Correct course on this behavior, and you’ll never need to visit a cell phone repair shop again. And who knows—you might even be able to wait entire years longer before plopping down serious cash on another digital appendage.