Embarrassing Tech Mishaps: The Shattered iPhone Edition

iPhone Life readers share their most cringe-worthy tech mishaps—from Facebook faux pas to sleep texting. Have your own mortifying mishap to share? Email us at techmishaps@iphonelife.com by Monday, March 5, and you could be featured in our next column! (Don't worry, we won't include your name.)

Related: Embarrassing Tech Mishaps: The Naked Skyping Edition

Crouching Tiger, Broken iPhone

While I was visiting my sister, we decided to order some Chinese takeout and binge-watch a few of our favorite shows. I volunteered to pick up the food. After paying, I was carrying our hefty order out to my car. I felt things starting to shift in my hands. I was carrying a lot of quality Chinese food in my arms, but I also had my brand-new iPhone in my hand. I was about to drop something, either the food or the phone. Considering my dedication and passion for Chinese food, I decided to drop my phone. It was a split-second decision. As my phone plummeted to the ground in slow motion, of course, I saw a tiny pebble. I could feel it. My phone was going to land directly on the stone. After my phone hit the ground, I set the food down and picked up my phone. Shattered. I sighed, got in my car with my Chinese food and my broken phone, drove back to my sister's house, and binged. I stand by my decision.

-Chinese food is good. 

Crossed Wires

I was texting my boyfriend some scantily clad photos while he was away on a trip. While I was sending a photo, my ex happened to text me. Somehow, I must have clicked on something that indicated I wanted to send him the photo, rather than my boyfriend. Much to my dismay, my ex opened the picture. Needless to say, he was not pleased. Fortunately, my boyfriend and I found humor in the incident. 

-Wasn’t Me

Hangover Surprise

After the first-generation iPhone came out, my parents gave me one for Christmas. A few days later, I had a New Year’s Eve party, drank too much, and woke up the next day without my phone. While cleaning up the mess from the night before, I found my brand new iPhone in a cup of beer, where it had been soaking all night. I had to spend $700 to replace the very generous gift from Dad and Mom.

-Sorry Mom & Dad

Online Awkwardness

I was browsing Facebook on my phone and tapped on someone I thought I recognized. I started tapping on a few photos and tagged myself in it accidentally. I didn’t know the person at all.

-Made It Weird

I Broke an Unwritten Facebook Rule

One night during the a.m. hours, I was scrolling through a friend's profile & hit 'Like' on a status from two years ago. Even though I undid the 'Like,' I'm sure Facebook sent a notification to inform them I was prowling through their years-old posts.

-Online Prowler

Sleep Texting Is Real

The other morning at 6 a.m., I was woken by a text from my mom asking out of the blue if I wanted to borrow her camera. I grumpily wondered why she thought it was ever OK to text that early in the morning, especially to offer her camera when I am terrible at photography. Later in the day when I was a bit more awake, I looked at the text conversation again and realized that I had sleep-texted her the word "camera" in the very early a.m. Turns out I was the one who had rudely interrupted HER sleep!

-The Sleep Texter

Comic pictured above by Tamlin Day.

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Author Details

Donna Schill

Donna Schill is the Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine and is a journalist specializing in producing multimedia content. Aside from managing the editorial team at iPhone Life, Donna co-hosts the iPhone Life Podcast, teaches online iPhone educational courses, and enjoys reporting on live Apple events. Donna began her career as a newspaper reporter before joining the iPhone Life team, where she pairs her penchant for storytelling with her love of Apple products. 

Donna holds a master's degree from the University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication and earned her undergraduate degree in Media & Communications from Maharishi International University. Her writing has appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Little Village Magazine, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, the Fairfield Ledger, and the Iowa Source, and she was a researcher for American journalist Claire Hoffman's memoir, Greetings from Utopia Park. She is also the host and executive producer of a feminist podcast, Thread the Needle (theneedle.co).