What your iPhone cover says about you
The practical purpose of a cell phone case was to protect the technology from damage, but they've undoubtedly evolved into a fashion accessory.
"Phone accessories are an understated way to make a statement," says self-proclaimed celebrity "shrink" and registered psychologist, Sara Chatwin, of Mindworks Psychology. "Much like clothing, a personally-selected phone cover tells just as much about our personality as it does style."
It's often an extension of character, or for some, the complete opposite - you'd be surprised at how many introverts choose attention seeking phone cases, and in contrast extroverts often opt for practical black.
We put our spin on Chatwin's psychological insights to reveal what's really going on under-cover.
EMBELLISHMENTS, JEWELS, GLITTER
You're giving the world a little peek of your true self, or perhaps what you want to be - a bit glitzy, glam, and dripping in jewels. For some people - especially those in jobs where being conservative is the expectation - a case like this could really be their personality outlet.
This kind of cover might also suggest a need for attention or desire to be seen. We won't mention the word 'diva'.
NEON, COLOUR BLOCK
An eye-popping neon case may relate to the phone owner who wants to be able to identify their phone amongst the crowd (and perhaps even in the dark).
Are you nocturnal? Do you often misplace your phone? Is your handbag so stuffed full that you never answer your phone in time? Or maybe you are a child of the 80s and neon is still set deep in your desires.
LOGO, MONOGRAM, BRANDED
Impressive - you're an entrepreneur of the future (if you aren't already). People who either create their own brand or who are loyal to a company show seriousness and business-like tendencies. You're likely to have a pretty good sense of style, or be a follower of fashion trends. Maybe it's your way of having a little slice of high-end fashion on a slim budget?
In any case (had to be done) you're someone who likes to align with current trends. You've likely got multiple cases displayed with your accessories at home.
MARBLE, WOOD, CHROME
A lover of textural finishes, timeless trends, and classic decor. You're take a touch of 'home' wherever you go. You're likely a strong, stable type of person who has simple (but quality) needs and likes to adhere to your own fundamental morals and values.
As a lover of nature and all things natural, this is generally reflected through your clothing choices to your surroundings, and perhaps even on your plate.
You like to release your inner child, and good for you. So many of us feel like we have to let go of our childhood, and childish, things when we become adults, and cartoon covers lets a little bit of immaturity creep back into our world without threatening our adult status.
A little bit of nostalgia never does any harm. Just don't expect any of your friends with more practical phone cases to ever understand.
You love to think and analyse everything, don't you? You're unlikely to admit it, but sometimes even a little too much? Often known as high-flyers, strivers or dreamers, you draw on signs around you for inspiration and focus throughout your day - it's how you stay pumped.
Your social media feeds are flooded with positive affirmations and profound statements, because you love to share these insights with the world in order to spread joy (or cringe-worthy cliches, as they come across to some of the recipients).
Nice to meet you, ego-centric. We wouldn't be surprised if beneath the phone cover is a myriad of selfies in your camera roll - all filtered within an inch of their authenticity, of course.
You could be an only child, or someone who backs yourself 100 per cent. Fiercely independent, you don't like to rely on others because that may show signs of weakness, or you simply take pride in accomplishing things on your own.
Often owned by hipsters, retros or creatives who are lovers of design and style of another era - quirky souls who don't like mainstream anything.
It may indicate a romantic streak or a desire to have lived in another time.
History and cultural background is important to you, and whether a tribal pattern is reflective of your own heritage, or of a place you've visited during your travels.
You're a warm human being with a big heart and a lot of empathy, and a lover of ethical and spiritual things this cover allows you constant connection with a special memory or belief.
BLACK, WHITE, TRANSPARENT
You're one of those no-fuss types. In fact, maybe even a little androgynous?
Perhaps you're corporate or simply business-savvy - there's far too much going on to add any more complexity to your fast-paced life.
Someone who carries their phone in this cover sees no need for accessories and attention. You're confident and happy in your own skin, so why would you need another 'skin' on your phone!
NO PHONE COVER
Potentially indicative of a scattered mind - someone who has so much going on that things like phone covers simply don't compute. Or maybe it's on your to-do list, which you put in a safe place ... somewhere.
Perhaps you are a bit of a daredevil? You like to live on the edge and the fact that your expensive phone's life could literally start to crack with one small slip-up gives you the adrenalin and risk that you crave.
Alternatively, you simply don't see the point in mobile phone protection, accessories or even this article. Covers? cases? Time-wasters.