We all know how important mobile phones are. Our handsets contain our entire lives, from social media to online banking to the media we watch when we want a bit of a laugh. However, that doesn't mean we have to take them absolutely everywhere, especially when you're considering a trip to the beach.
A new survey from price comparison site Finder.com.au has found that 14 per cent of Aussies say their smartphone is the most important item for them on a day at the beach; more so than what most of us would consider essentials, such as a hat, water, a towel or sunscreen.
This is the equivalent of around 1.2 million Aussies who would risk their health in order to have the best Instagram pics. However, it's not just bad for your skin to neglect sunscreen in favour of a phone. The beach is actually a terrible place for your handset to be if you want it to last a while.
Angus Kidman, editor-in-chief and tech expert at finder.com.au, said: “We take our phones everywhere and this extends to the beach, but this isn’t always the wisest decision. Smartphones don’t like salt water and they certainly don’t respond well to baking in the sun.”
If you have your phone out at the beach for long periods of time, it can easily overheat. It might turn itself off, or the screen could crack. Too much sun can also cause the battery to heat up, swell, and even explode! It also affects the circuitry inside the phone.
Then there's the sea; dropping your phone in the ocean is no joke! Assuming you're able to find it again, all that water is bad news, even if your phone is water-resistant. Most phones can withstand a splash of fresh water, but being immersed in salt water is an entirely different story.
If you do drop your phone, the best thing to do is to remove the battery, SIM card and SD card if your model of phone allows it. If not, at least turn your phone off. Clean as much of the water as you can with a cloth, then immerse your phone in a bag of uncooked rice for at least 24 hours. This will help absorb any remaining water.