Lets picture a moment in my life: I am working on some data and my Nokia is in my front pocket. Suddenly my right cheek is vibrating like the phone dances on my pocket. Feeling strange I check my mobile and there are no notifications.Yes its true I swear I felt it but there are messages or missed calls on my mobile.
I am not the one Mr. Amazing in this world who has regularly felt this phenomenon.. In one study into the phenomenon – variously dubbed “phantom ringing,” “phantom vibration syndrome” and vibranxiety – phantom phone vibrations were experienced by 68% of the people surveyed, with 87% of those feeling them weekly, and 13% daily.
The reasons to the plaque in our pocket is mysterious as its only recently that scientists have come to know about it and any peer-review research or suggestions or data on this ghostly buzz is null.
Alex Blaszczynski, chairman of the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, thinks the vibrating sensation is triggered by electrical activity. “I expect it’s related to some of the electrical signals coming through in a transmission, touching on the surrounding nerves, giving a feeling of a vibration,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald, with the caveat that he hasn’t conducted any studies on the vibrations.But if he is true it means that such vibrations are not phantom but these are regular normal phenomena. It can be similar to the situation when your phone is near speaker and you hear a paining weird buzzing noise when it “handshakes” with the cell tower.
After a little googling it lead me to Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University offers a different idea in his book, iDisorder.He says that since we’re almost always anticipating some sort of technological interaction, especially with our smartphones, we inevitably interpret some unrelated stimuli, like our pants rubbing against our leg or a chair dragging against the floor, as a phone call. Michael Rothberg, a clinician investigator at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, who conducted the survey mentioned earlier, says that vibranxiety might be caused by the misinterpretation of sensory signals in our brain.
“In order to deal with an overwhelming amount of sensory input,” Rothberg and his team say in their study, “the brain applies filters or schema based on what it expects to find, a process known as hypothesis guided search.” In short we the phone users become so attentive and responsive to the vibration that we simply experience a false alarm. Rightly said – ” To err is Human”
Want To Make It Stop??
Phantom vibrations don’t appear to cause any harm, but if the mild annoyance is too much for you, they can be stopped. Thirty-nine percent of the people in Rothberg’s survey – all medical staff who had a phone or pager on them all day – were able to stop the vibrations either by taking the device off vibrate mode and using the audible ringer, changing the location of the device on their person, or using a different device (success rates were 75%, 63% and 50%, respectively).