We’re a culture of totally phone obsessed people. That’s not new news. And though many of us have heard the multiple downsides of dependence on our gadgets, this one dangerous side effect may surprise you.
Whether it’s late at night or first thing in the morning, your phone probably makes the trip to the bedroom with you.
Soph chillaxin in bed on her phone xoxo pic.twitter.com/t5VUyuJUUG
— Louise Casey (@louise_caseyxo) August 14, 2017
We know it isn’t good, but we all do it. While it can raise your stress levels before bed, negatively affect your circadian rhythms from exposure to blue light, and can keep us awake longer, we just can’t help ourselves.
Whether you’re texting or taking a selfie, chances are you’re lying down.
— Salli Murray (@salli_minx) August 15, 2017
But that body position poses a real threat. Can you guess what it is?
It’s dropping your phone… ON your own face.
If I had a penny for each time I dropped my phone on my face while laying in bed, I'd have 7 pennies. pic.twitter.com/wdyDdAXBb9
— Mirami Marie (@miramimarie) January 25, 2017
And it’s probably even happened to you.
Unless you’re wearing safety goggles or a welder’s mask, you’re at risk of getting clocked in the face by a falling phone.
The amount of times I drop my freaking phone on my face in bed is ridiculous
— rach (@perseverxnce) August 22, 2017
Phones are made of slippery smooth glass and usually, when lying down, we’re holding them RIGHT over our faces. Chances are when you’re mindlessly scrolling before bed, you’re also pretty sleepy and out of it. This is the perfect scenario for a phone meets face disaster.
Sometimes it even feels like our phones are laughing at us.
Dropped my phone on my face while scrolling Twitter in bed. This gif was on the screen when I picked it back up.
Phone: 1 Me: 0 pic.twitter.com/HiWnHu9KGm
— Christina Christmas 🎄 (@CalvinballFan) March 30, 2017
Sure, it’s a little painful, but it’s mostly just makes us feel kind of stupid. As you’ll see, people address this problem all sorts of ways.
This person took it as a sign to get out of bed.
I've just dropped my phone on my face and bust my lip so I should probably take this as a sign to get out of bed pic.twitter.com/qKPyOgVUyk
— Lauren🌹 (@addisover) August 3, 2017
That’s one way to read it. Another is that you could just put your phone away for two seconds!
So it’s come to this…
so lazy I literally have a metal arm on my bed to avoid either having to hold my phone or dropping on my face pic.twitter.com/PWfVf3S118
— emma (@trucewyatt) March 20, 2017
Yikes. There’s now actual furniture designed to help you find a way to stare at your phone without dropping it on your face. Should we take this as a sign?
Sadly, I’m not sure anyone’s going to pay you for that, but a girl can dream, can’t she?
If I had a dollar for every time I dropped my phone on my face while laying in bed pic.twitter.com/BVeI2Y62pe
— Sam (@MsSamanthaMay) June 27, 2017
We’d be so rich.
This is the face we’re all ashamed to make after getting smacked in the teeth with an iPhone 7 plus.
when I drop my phone on my face in bed pic.twitter.com/PJkqtNZAnp
— ~Mคкคєlค~ (@Big_Mak3) May 10, 2017
You know you’ve done it. You’re just too embarrassed to mention it.
I think they’re missing the point of this poignant image.
You don't understand. This is just so my phone doesn't fall on my face when I'm in bed pic.twitter.com/bsJmvMyKUd
— It's still Christmas, right? (@SomeCreeep) May 26, 2017
This image is meant to show us how deeply reliant and addicted to our devices we are, not as a set of plans for how to connect yourself to the matrix. More people continued to weigh in on the phone/face situation.
This weird doll is all of us.
I'm lying in bed and I just dropped my phone on my face pic.twitter.com/sVEYxkad3B
— Ash 👻 (@CloudedAshes) March 19, 2017
Seriously, if we keep dropping these things on our heads, we’re all going to look like this. When will it end?
Whoa. How far away are you holding your phone from your face?
When I'm in bed I always drop my phone on my face at least 7 times this is why it looks like this pic.twitter.com/ahmCBwzEOP
— Serenity (@Baked_Freshlyxo) May 19, 2017
Is it reaching terminal velocity or something? What does your face look like?
The eternal question.
I drop my phone on my face most nights when I'm in bed. why can't I hold a phone normally??
— Lucy Meggs (@lucykate98) August 22, 2017
Because they’re slippery, yet you don’t want to buy one of those little nubs that goes on the back because it will force you to confront the fact that you have a hopeless phone addiction.
And that isn’t even as bed as nighttime in-bed stress eating.
— Cary Deuber (@CaryDeuber) August 14, 2017
But mostly, it just makes you feel silly.
nothing makes me feel more like an idiot than when I am in bed texting and I drop the phone on my face
— Bless ur soul💫 (@blesymyx18) August 22, 2017
And if you’re FaceTiming someone, don’t be surprised if they’re cracking up on the other end of the call. So, has this ever happened to you? We want to hear about it.