Here's The Baffling, Kind Of Sad Reason Why All Japanese Phones Are Waterproof

We like our phones, but not that much

We've inexplicably fumbled our phones into toilet basins enough times to understand why Apple made waterproof technology a priority with the iPhone 7.

But did you know that the far majority of Japanese mobiles have been waterproof for over a decade already? And you probably put that down to the fact that the Japanese are just technologically superior to us in every single way – but the real reason is a lot weirder.

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Smartphones became popular in Japan years before they arrived on our shores – and they become such a cultural phenomenon that, according to Mashable, Japanese people couldn't help but take them into the shower.

According to Fujitsu, which covers 20% of the Japanese smartphone market: "The mobile phone is with us 24 hours a day. It accompanies us to the bathroom, to the shower, or under the rain. So it is a necessity for the phone to be robust," said a senior vice president of the company."

The result is that nearly 95 percent of phones in Japan are now waterproof – meaning that they are sealed, and not made to be tinkered with.

"In Japan, being waterproof is far more important than being able to remove your phone's battery," said Ken Hong, LG's global communications director.

And you thought you were addicted to your phone.