Damaged cell phones newest status symbol

While they haven’t started smashing their smart phones on purpose, young people are turning their cracked cell phone screens into the latest in shabby chic. Or is that trashy tech? From Erie Times-News:

Whatever it is, it’s catching on as fast as torn T-shirts and ripped bluejeans. Once considered mortifying — damage requiring immediate repairs or replacement — the spider webs of a cracked smart phone screen increasingly are seen by teens and 20-somethings as inevitable badges of honor, cool battle scars that impart a kind of rough street cred in the mobile world.

“It’s an accident when it drops, but nobody wants to pay the money to get it fixed,” explained 18-year-old Kaitlyn Wilson of Liberty, Mo., who recently was visiting a Kansas City, Mo., Apple store. “So, whatever, you have a cracked phone. If you were the only person with a cracked screen, you would probably run out to get it fixed. But everybody else’s is cracked, so why not leave it?

“A cell phone is their peer umbilical cord, their whole social life,” he said. “But it’s a fragile instrument. So in a way a cracked cell phone that still works means, ‘Hey, my phone may have hit the ground, but it’s a survivor.’ And by extension the phone’s owner is a survivor, too, because it’s a reflection of them.”

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