We recently had the same situation when our Piglet accidentally dropped her phone into a college-dorm toilet. She rushed it home, bagged it in rice (which doesn’t actually work, by the way, silica packets are better). During which, she continued to scroll and text in the vain hope the device would somehow make it.

I was not thrilled because this is her 3rd or 4th phone in the last 5 years. All of her devices have been subjected to regular use and abuse because it is the trend to not take care of such things, even though a smartphone costs as much if not more than a laptop (even though technically a smartphone is a computer too. It is more than just a phone). Why? Because they’re insured or can be replaced. This irks me to watch the last two generations of young people, granted I’m generalizing, brutalize something so expensive.

You have no idea how many times I’ve heard the tell-tell drop of a phone followed by a giggle or when asked “what was that” the response is “n-o-t-h-i-n-g.” I can only assume the drop did not break the screen so I move along.

Keep in mind, my mindset is of a person who practically hermetically seals her phone. I didn’t grow up with expensive portable electronics short of a Walkman. I didn’t have a cellphone until I was in my early 20s, back in the days when they charged you per call. I’ve had several phones since, all of which still looked brand new when it came time to upgrade because I was raised that if you didn’t take care of it, you didn’t get a new one. They typically get upgraded when they start to slow in response and function.

Now, I’d love to bestow these same principles onto my Piglets, but it is a difficult battle to wage when their use and access to a smartphone have become ingrained into their every waking moment and everyone else their age treats their device with the same indifference. They need it to be social, to get to and from places (Uber), to pay for things, email, even apps for class, etc. Best we can do is insure the hell out of their little computers and hope for the best until the day comes they are paying for all of their own toys themselves.

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