If you've never lost your cell phone, we shouldn't be friends. Because, clearly, you are too responsible for me. If I had a nickel for every time I lost my phone, I would have 20 cents. Because I've lost it four times.
The first time was classic -- at a bar in college. Mind you, this was before cell phones were an extra appendage, and my mother advised me to keep it in my car in case of an emergency. The Vodka Frescas instructed me otherwise. So, I left it at Micawber's, along with a Juicy Tube and my dignity. The second time I placed it on the roof of my car and drove away, like I was starring in my very own sitcom, Hey, Nicole! (The opening credits would end irising in on me throwing up my hands and shrugging my shoulders.) The third time, bar again. And the forth was at the gym. Damn you, physical fitness.
So, with all my experience in losing phones -- and not them getting back -- I'm pretty surprised that only my car made the list of the worst places to lose your phones.
Mobile security startup, Lookout, devised a list -- a fancy infograph, to be exact -- of the top 10 worst places to lose your cell phone, based on recovery chance. They also devised a list of the top 10 cities for lost or stolen cell phones, but we're not going to concentrate on that. Though I will say, get it together, Miami.
You can check out the full list yourself, but here are the five places I found most interesting:
A Swimming Pool. This is the single worst place to lose your cell phone. Not because you won't necessarily get it back -- you actually have a 50-75% of doing so. It's just the chances of it ever working again are 0-5%.
The Bus or the Subway. According to Lookout, you may as well just cancel your service after realizing you left your phone on either of these. Your chances of ever seeing it again are 0-2%. May as well jump in the pool with it.
A Restaurant. Full disclosure, restaurants are often also bars, so my statement above about my car being the only place on this list leaves room for disagreement, but let's not split hairs. (And even fuller disclosure, the "bars" I was frequenting when I lost my phones were not the kind you eat at. Ever.) If you leave your phone at a restaurant, your chances of getting it back are actually 80-95%. That's nice. Gold star for humanity.
A Changing Room. And now humanity gets that gold star taken away. If you leave your phone in a fitting room, the chances of recovery are 0-15%. Why are people who try on clothes so mean and people who eat so nice?
An Airplane. If you're getting all fancy and flying in a plane somewhere, best leave your phone in your purse or pocket. 'Cause the chances of you reuniting with it if you leave it behind are a dismal 0-15%.
Have you ever lost your phone?
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