Bad news for Bens and sad times for Sarahs.
According to new data published by tech repair specialist iSmash, people named Ben or Sarah are most likely to damage their phone handsets.
The data also exposes men to be the clumsier sex, suffering more mobile-related blunders than women and accounting for 76% of UK phone breakages in the last three months.
After Sarah, the women most likely to suffer a broken mobile phone are Emmas, Lauras, Charlottes and Lucys. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re a Rebecca or Anna, it’s quite likely that your phone is in safe hands, since those names rank at the bottom of the clumsy list along with Jonathan and Ian.
Julian Shovlin, founder of iSmash, said: “We carried out the research to see if there was any correlation that might exist between names and phone breakages, with the results suggesting that certain names have less luck than others. Damaging your phone is always very inconvenient and if your name is on the list, I would suggest buying a case to help save you from future breakages."
The study follows recent figures released by iSmash which ranked the clumsiest regions in the UK collated from 160,000 online searches. The North was officially named the most precarious place to own – and smash – a phone.
I'm glad to see my name's not on the list but also a little surprised, if I'm honest. I've lost track of the number of times I've dropped or damaged my phone, and that includes at least two that ended up in the toilet (keeping it in your back pocket is a very bad idea...) and more than one that met a watery grave in the sea. Yes, really.
Want to check if your name is on the list of the UK’s 30 clumsiest names? Brace yourself. And maybe consider putting your phone down while you read through this list:
The top five clumsiest men are:
And the top five clumsiest women:
Good news though – until the end of August, ismash is offering £10 off repairs for anyone called Ben or Sarah when booked online at www.ismash.com.
We'd love to hear what you make of this data. Is your name on the list and does it ring true? Tag a clumsy mate or come and join the conversation over on our Facebook page.