Having put myself through the struggle of using a completely smashed and uninsured phone for over a year now, it was comforting to read about the latest research by GiffGaff. They claim that 77% of students don’t have insurance on their phones, meaning that less than 1 in 4 risk being left with broken phones and no money in a 24-month contract.   

The GiffGaff Student Mobile Usage Trends report shows that 17% of female students with smashed phone screens left them broken for over a year. Interestngly, only 7% of guys could stand it that long. A similar tendency extends to all broken phones, insured or not, with 48% of girls putting up with it for over three months compared to only 35% of guys.

Male students are more than twice as likely to splash the most cash on phones while females are more likely to splash water on their phones, with 57% of water damaged phones belonging to women. As a female who has regrettably dropped her phone down the toilet on more than one occasion, I am sure that this is something many girls can unfortunately relate to. Almost 1 in 4 students will spend over 10% of their entire student budget on phones, with 17% of these being male and 7% being female. GiffGaff’s research found that 53% of guys say it is vital to have phones with the latest features.

These stats may come as a surprise to some but it’s fair to say that today’s student priorities are less than practical. We are more likely to whittle away our precious student loans by putting more enjoyable experiences in life first, such as takeaways, shopping sprees, nights out and the latest edition of FIFA. After these treats have taken a nice chunk out of our budgets, it is not surprising that most of us never quite get around to forking out that £70 for a new phone screen, when ours works perfectly fine – sort of.

If you are among the 23% of responsible, savvy students who are blessed with the luxury of a perfectly working screen, hats off to you. If you, like myself, are among the 77% of students who are willing to take the risk with an uninsured phone or struggle with a broken one, rejoice in the fact that you are not alone.  

By: Carys Evans