Have You Ever Dropped Your Phone on Your Face?
I Just Dropped My Phone on my Face
So you’ve just dropped your phone on your face. We’ve all been there. You’re lying in bed, scrolling through your phone when suddenly you lose grip and it comes crashing down on your face. Your initial feeling is pain and concern that you might have just broken your nose. When you realize you won’t need to get an emergency rhinoplasty, that initial pain usually turns into embarrassment. Yeah, you just totally did that to yourself- and it probably wasn’t the first time either.
All jokes aside, did you know that dropping your phone on your face can actually be dangerous? We’ll explore some of the risks associated with dropping your phone on your face and offer some tips on how to avoid doing it.
The Dangers of Dropping Your Phone on Your Face
Dropping your phone on your face can cause a host of injuries, ranging from mild to severe. The most common injuries are cuts, bruises, and black eyes. However, in more serious cases, it can also lead to broken bones (such as a broken nose), chipped teeth, concussion, or even internal bleeding.
If you do go through the misfortune of a dropped phone on your face, be sure to check for any injuries right away. A phone may not be a large object but when dropped down vertically right on to your face, it can cause a bit of damage. Make sure to clean any cuts and you can ice the area to minimize bruising and swelling. If it feels as if you cannot move your nose, it may be broken. You should go to the emergency room or schedule an appointment with your doctor ASAP.
Don’t worry. As shameful as it feels, if you’ve ever dropped your phone on your face, you’re not alone. Researchers have found that beginning around 2006, the number of cases of cell phone related injuries has steadily been on the rise, which makes sense with that time being a major boom in mainstream cell phone users.
How to Avoid Dropping Your Phone on Your Face
So what can you do to avoid becoming a victim of this painful and potentially dangerous injury? For starters, it’s best to put your phone down at least 30 minutes before you plan on going to sleep. This will help you avoid drooping eyelids and loss of focus, both of which can lead to dropping your phone on your face.
Scrolling on social media or reading the news before bed may be tempting or feel like it helps put you to sleep, but the stimulation from the content you’re consuming and from the blue light emitting from your phone may actually hinder you from sleeping.
If you must use your phone while in bed, try to sit up a bit on your pillow instead of laying down and holding the phone directly over your face. If it falls while you’re lying up a bit, your phone will just drop on your chest instead of your face.
You can also get a phone mount with an adjustable arm. That way, you can set your phone up securely in a safe place and avoid having to hold it in bed altogether. There are also smartphone cases that have a ring or knob (Popsocket) attached to the back so you can secure your phone better on your hand. And if you must hold it while lying down, make sure you have a good grip on it and be sure to put the phone down when you feel yourself getting tired.