Fifteen percent said they had cracked their phone screen.

London - From Prince Harry and One Direction's Liam losing their mobiles recently to Rihanna breaking a police sergeant's phone by accident, it seems nobody is immune to phone mishaps.

And new research reveals the average Briton is just as clumsy as the stars when it comes to their cellphones as almost three quarters (72 percent) admit to making cringeworthy phone blunders - or “phone pas”.

Whether it's leaving their phone on the car roof before driving off or sending a message with an autocorrect mistake, most of us have been left red-faced thanks to our phones.

The most common 'phone pas' is found to be finger fumbling with two fifths of Britons (41 percent) admitting to red faces after accidentally pressing the wrong button on their phone.

A third (33 percent) have mistakenly called or texted the wrong person whilst 19 percent admit to misplacing their phone in their own home - losing it down the sofa or even somehow putting it in the washing machine.

With growing dependence on cellphones, it's not surprising that the 'phone pas' is on the rise.

Being rushed or in a hurry is the top reason for the UK's phone pas with a third (31 percent) citing this as the most common reason, with women (35 percent) more susceptible than men (28 percent).

A quarter (26 percent) blame their phone pas on being 'forgetful or absent-minded'.

Despite one in 10 Britons committing phone pas at least once a week, three in five (62 percent) admit that they do not take any precautions to protect their phone.

Only a quarter (27 percent) use a password on their cellphone and one in 10 protect their phone with a security app.

A spokesperson for the Lookout Mobile Security app, who commissioned the research, said: 'People are very much aware that their phone could fall into the wrong hands, but they don't necessarily consider what happens in their own hands.

'It's just as important to protect mobile phones from ourselves - after all we are all mistake makers, we're only human!'


Top ten phone pas committed by cellphone users in the UK

1. Finger fumbling (41 percent)

2. Calling/texting the wrong person (33 percent)

3. Pocket dialling (27 percent)

4. Predictive text fail (25 percent)

5. 'Losing' your phone at home (19 percent)

6. Accidentally wiping contacts (17 percent)

7. Cracking phone screen (15 percent)

8. Face drop whilst lying down (14 percent)

9. Accidentally playing music / audio out of phone speakers (13 percent)

10. Toilet drop (11 percent)


And the five most annoying - when someone else blunders

1. Someone playing loud music/audio out of their phone speakers or talking to loudly on the phone (56 percent)

2. Someone bumping into you whilst using their phone (40 percent)

3. Receiving a text that doesn't make sense (30 percent)

4. Getting a pocket dial or accidental text or call (23 percent)

5. Catching someone snooping on your phone (23 percent)