Study: 19 percent of people drop phones down toilet

8th of August 2011
Study: 19 percent of people drop phones down toilet

A Google study has revealed that nearly 40 per cent of mobile phone users take their phone to the toilet with them.

And nearly half drop their phone down the pan according to research carried out by online address book site Plaxo.

A total of 19 per cent of people who took part in the Plaxo Mobile and Online Backup Trends Study admit they have dropped their phone down the toilet at some point.

Meanwhile, research carried out by Google in partnership with market research firm Ipsos OTX reveals that 39 per cent of mobile phone users take their phone to the loo. This means that nearly half will lose their phone down the toilet at some point.

So if you happen to drop your phone down the loo, what should you do? One common home remedy is to retrieve it quickly, remove the battery and then plunge the phone into a cup of dry rice. It should be stored it in a warm, dry place for two or three days to allow the rice to absorb the moisture. We have tried this ourselves and if you act fast, it can work (though we take no responsibility if it doesn't).

One thing to avoid, however, is making the mistake of an unnamed man from the Jiangsu province of China. He compounded his error in dropping his phone by trying too hard to extract it. As a result, rescue workers had to be called in to free his arm from the toilet pan in which it had become jammed.

 

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