Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Phantom Menace

Do you have a mobile phone? Do you set it to vibrate? Do you keep it in your pocket? Do you get "phantom" vibrations on your leg? You're not alone.

Someone brought this up in the office yesterday and almost everyone reported that they too have experienced "phantom vibration syndrome."

From USA Today: Good vibrations? Bad? None at all?
Some call it "phantom vibration syndrome." Others prefer "vibranxiety" — the feeling when you answer your vibrating cellphone, only to find it never vibrated at all.
"It started happening about three years ago, when I first got a cellphone," says Canadian Steven Garrity, 28, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. "I'd be sitting on the couch and feel my phone start to vibrate, so I'd reach down and pull it out of my pocket. But the only thing ringing was my thigh."

Though no known studies have analyzed what may cause spontaneous buzzing, anecdotes such as Garrity's ring true with the public.

Spurred by curiosity, Garrity, a Web developer, described the recurring false alarms on his blog. The response was not imaginary: More than 30 cellphone users reported that they, too, experienced phantom vibrations.

"I ended up hearing from a lot of people who said, 'Hey, the exact same thing happens to me,' " Garrity says. "And it was somewhat comforting, because it made me think I wasn't insane, after all."

Read the entire article on USA Today

Or do a Google search for "Phantom Vibrations", you'll find many, many stories.

1 comment:

Ollie said...

I get phantom ringing and take it as a cue to change my ring-tone.