What are the implications of using a phone with a cracked screen?
In the days of Nokia 3310, dropping your phone was no big deal. You pick it up, dust it off, and put it back in your pocket.
These days, however, dropping your smartphone gives you that mini heart attack because (gasp!) you just might crack its sleek and shiny screen.
The smartphone display is typically made of glass or acrylic, which can break when you drop your device or if it receives significant impact. But, apart from the obvious aesthetic reasons that turns people off from a cracked smartphone screens, there are other functional, productivity and even health related issues that can arise when you use a damaged screen.
In fact, tech giant Samsung, explicitly indicated in its Health and Safety Warranty Guide that smartphones users should stop using the device if the screen is broken or cracked because it could cause injury.
Here are some of the risks you take when you insist on using a cracked phone screen:
1. Touch Screen Malfunction
Phones with broken screens will not get any better over time. In fact, the first thing that will be compromised in terms of function is the touch screen capacity of your phone. It may take longer for your phone to respond to finger gestures, or worse, it will stop responding altogether.
Damaged phone screens are also susceptible to finger oils, dust and debris working their way inside the cracks, which can further damage the phone through time.
2. Loss of Protection
The screen protects the inner parts of device from outside elements that could potentially damage the device. For example, you would usually clean your phone’s screen with a damp cloth, but with a cracked screen, that’s no longer advisable. This is because liquid can seep through the cracks and causes the phone to short circuit.
Also, if you own one of the newer smartphones that is water-resistant, a cracked screen invalidates this functionality.
3. Splinters On Your Finger
With cracked phone screens, you put your fingers at risk from cuts when you try to swipe through it as per usual. If your phone screen has severe cracks, you could possibly hurt yourself with small glass splinters.
4. Eye Strain
Smartphones boast of high-definition display that gives a great user viewing experience. When this HD screen breaks, however, you will be left with an eyesore. It will be more difficult to look at the screen and view content because the cracked areas.
You will have to spend more time squinting your eyes to decipher the articles you are reading or the latest cooking videos you are watching on social media. A cracked screen makes checking your phone a more significant task that what it should be.
5. Road Hazard
Smartphones come equipped with GPS and maps to help users navigate through unfamiliar roads and neighborhoods. Often, they steal quick glances on their phone’s maps while they’re driving. A cracked screen makes this a more difficult task and would compel drivers to lose focus on the road ahead.
Broken screens forces drivers to take their eyes off the road for more than a few seconds when using the smartphone’s GPS, which could be a major hazard and safety risk.
6. Exposure to Harmful Radiation
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency from cellphones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The American Cancer Society, further states that more investigation and research must be conducted to conclusively say that cell phone use poses no health risks to users. So, by default, smartphones are already giving off harmful radiation.
–> If a phone’s internal systems (a.k.a. the radiation source) are exposed through the screen cracks, there could be greater health risks for its users.
Using cracked phones screen is not only unsightly, but can also affect your productivity and overall well-being. Make sure you take necessary precautions like using protective cases to minimize the risk of gadget damage.
Do you know of other risks that comes with using broken smartphone screens? Share them in the comments below!