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November 10, 2015

Millennials Declared Most Irresponsible with Tech

A new study from Protect Your Bubble has found that the most technologically-adept generation yet is also the most irresponsible with that technology.

Protect Your Bubble provides insurance for everyday consumer electronics, offering easy repairs for broken devices. It used this knowledge and their customer profiles to concoct a survey around certain situations, and Millennials were judged irresponsible in 35 percent of cases by the results of this survey.

Millennials weren't the only ones judged irresponsible; the results of the survey found that the majority of respondents were irresponsible by the quiz. Based on the 10-question quiz, 63 percent of respondents were on the “irresponsible side of life.” 89 percent of respondents admitted to taking a phone into the bathroom, while 92 percent outright admitted to “klutziness” being responsible for at least some mobile device accidents. 93 percent noted bringing phones to the beach. The study's biggest surprise, though, was that 48 percent of Millennials admitted to driving carelessly.

The quiz itself wasn't without flaw; questions measuring responsibility asked about profanity associated with tech accidents, phone-bathroom correlations, and mislabeled a whole age group. Millennials were listed as those “born between the years 1980 and 2000, also known as Generation Y,” while Generation X was listed as “adults with birth dates between the years 1960 to the early 1980s.” This puts everyone in the “early 1980s” in two generations at once.

While the study wasn't perfect, it does prompt us all to take a look at how we handle our valuable electronics. Sure, maybe taking the phone into the bathroom isn't really that big a problem, but taking it to the beach poses a much bigger danger due to water and sand. Yet so many of our devices are tailor-made for such things; our devices let us read books without carrying huge parcels of paperbacks and let us listen to music at the same time. We think nothing of taking a book to the beach, so why not an e-reader or tablet?

In the end, it's all about what we do with our devices, and how careful we are, that determines shelf life and how often we must replace said devices. Our devices have given us more power than past generations could have dreamed of. Taking that little extra time to protect them is just a smart idea.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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