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I broke my iPhone 7 screen

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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Hey, just wanted to let everyone know: I dropped my phone the other day and the screen broke. I was out on the back patio, and when I sat down the phone slipped out of my windbreaker pocket. A two-foot fall onto concrete is all it took.

When I picked up the phone, I could immediately tell it was cracked. "This is my life now" was the first thought in my head. That thought is still all I have to work with.

Last year I did the Emotional Tech Support hotline with my friend and colleague Ashley. At least half of the calls we received were from sad people who had broken their phone screens. This, I believe, is the third iPhone screen I've broken. And it probably won't be my last.

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

It's not like my phone is dead. I can get a screen replacement for $129 if I want visit an Apple Store. And my phone is still usable as long as I don't do any aggressive swiping along the left third of the display. So I’ll probably just live with it for a while. I'd say about 20 percent of my friends have cracked phone screens at any one time. The rest of them have cases, usually. I think about getting a case, but I won’t.

So, that’s my story. How are you doing?