Cracked mobile screens become the latest trend among youth

Cracked mobile screens become the latest trend among youth

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These days, youth is embracing cell phones that have cracked screens. Most likely a result of an accident, but kept intentionally so that spider-like patterns creep across the glass. No doubt it is making it difficult to read text messages and take photos, as well as a bit painful.

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However, this is actually the appeal of it, or what the younger generation considers being ‘in’. Cracked screens are becoming this generation’s ripped jeans, unwashed hair, unshaven faces or low-riding jeans. Some young people state that cracked screen gives a person some sort of street cred and some might even consider it as cool.

It is a well-known teenage story: the desire to define your identity. In this latest generation, the unusual tumble toward independence is personified in one slim device which also holds the teen’s entire social life. 23-year-old Brittany Lofton, who works at a bookstore in Bethesda, Maryland said, “It’s this total trend, because it’s not like we’re rushing out to get them fixed”.

Therefore, a cracked screen is being perceived as a really cool scar, plus it is also a great conversation starter. Lofton and her co-worker, Samantha Lasky, both psychology graduates, say that they see cracked screens as a form of self-expression.