Héctor Casanova | THE KANSAS CITY STAR
By James A. Fussell | The Kansas City Star
“Apparently it’s cool to be cracked.
“While they haven’t started smashing their smartphones on purpose (or have they?), young people are turning their cracked cellphone screens into the latest in shabby chic. Or is that trashy tech?
“Whatever it is, it’s catching on as fast as torn T-shirts and ripped blue jeans. Once considered mortifying — damage requiring immediate repairs or replacement — the spider webs of a cracked smartphone screen increasingly are seen by teens and 20-somethings as inevitable badges of honor, cool battle scars that impart a kind of rough street cred in the mobile world.
“‘It’s an accident when it drops, but nobody wants to pay the money to get it fixed,’ explained 18-year-old Kaitlyn Wilson of Liberty, who was visiting the Apple store on the Country Club Plaza recently. ‘So, whatever, you have a cracked phone. If you were the only person with a cracked screen you would probably run out to get it fixed. But everybody else’s is cracked, so why not leave it?'”