According to a study from smartphone case manufacturer Peli, almost 50 per cent of mobile users would rather suffer a cracked screen than let a family member see their Internet browsing history.

Smartphone with a cracked screen

Peli also discovered that over three quarters (76.5pc) respondents damage their smartphones while running to catch public transport. Over 25pc admitted to dropping their smartphone in the toilet, while 8.2 per cent have had it stepped on at a concert.

Of the 2,000 smartphone users that were asked, 47 per cent said that they try to keep their devices encased and in good order to retain some resale value when upgrading.

Peli EMEA managing director Estefania Fenoy has commented on the study saying, "Our research shows that 72 per cent of mobile owners said that they had damaged their phone so it is really important for their privacy that they look after their device!"

"Respondents in the research said that the main cause of phone damage was when owners were running to catch public transport – be it a plane, bus or train. But with the festival season about to start, consumers should take note that 9.15% of respondents said the phone had been broken by someone stepping on it at a concert."