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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I came across some new fun factoids stemming from your smartphone, and how technology affects modern day relationships and romance. Would you date someone with a cracked smartphone? Have you ever damaged your smartphone while taking a selfie during a date? Do you love and protect your smartphone as you would yourself? These and other deep questions ponder upon single people navigating among a smartphone crazed society this Valentine’s Day (irony intended).
When Alexander Graham Bell applied for his telephone patent on Valentine’s Day in 1876, little did he know that his invention will inspire forms of communication beyond imagination, and that as a result, our core as a society aiming to share and love would be fundamentally influenced and perhaps even changed, in the magnitude that it has.
This Valentine’s Day reach out to the people that you love and pose this and other questions and facts. To the very least you will provide an ice-breaker and hopefully originate a spirited fun conversation while enjoying your time with friends and loved ones. And why not, some inner exploration is always a good thing.
I will share that as the current owner of a cracked screen smartphone, I cannot discriminate on someone based on this unfortunate fact. Just in case however, I will undoubtedly replace my phone screen this weekend and keep my devices in top shape going forward. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Cracked Smartphone Screen? No Valentines For You
Just how important is it to have a smartphone screen with no cracks in it? Your love life might depend on it. A recent survey from Protect Your Bubble found that 61% of singles would not date someone if their potential mate has a cracked screen on their smartphone. “We spend nearly every moment of our lives with smartphones attached to us, and for a lot of singles they relate how you treat your smartphone with how you might care for others,” said Brian Richards, Product Expert at Protect Your Bubble. “These devices are an extension of ourselves, and protecting these devices, fair or not, can be a reflection of a person’s character.”
Here are other interesting Valentine’s-themed factoids:
• 61% of singles would not date someone if their potential mate has a cracked screen on their smartphone
• 22% of singles damage their smartphones while on a date (most damage occurs while taking a selfie)
• Women damaging smartphones while on a date compared to men is 2-1; similar ratio for women taking selfies
• 29% of singles will type a romantic text message
• 5% of Twitter conversations on Valentine’s Day are from singles
• 16% of Valentine’s presents will be made online
• Alexander Graham Bell applied for his telephone patent on Valentine’s Day, 1876.

Ana María Yumiseva is the Publisher and CEO of Frecuencia Latinoamérica, the Region’s leading mobile technologies market intelligence news portals and organizer of B2B conferences. Pipeline Member.

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