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Phantom Phone Vibrations

Posted February 04, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Your cell phone. Do you shake without it? Do you feel nervous when it isn’t in your line of sight, counting down the painful minutes until you are finally reunited? Do you pay more attention to it than you do your loved ones? Are you so consumed with it that you hear its familiar sound everywhere you go?

If you answered yes, particularly to the last question, you might be experiencing a form of cell phone dependency, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, detailed “phantom phone vibrations” as the imagining of the sounds your cell phone might make if it were receiving a text message or call.

Researchers enlisted the help of 766 (384 females and 382 males) college undergrads to measure the relationship between phone dependency and the “phantom phone vibration” phenomenon with a personality test and survey.

The personality test measured the participants’ levels of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and emotional stability, or neuroticism.

Answering yes when asked if the participant had ever experienced a “phantom phone vibration” led to additional questions about the frequency of those sensations.

A final step of the research involved a survey called the Mobile Phone Problem Use Scale, which asked students how they felt about their phones. The questions revolved around feelings tied to the phone (i.e., were they anxious without it, did an incoming message improve their mood, etc.).

The results were fairly obvious, with those experiencing the phantom ringing sensation tied to increased feelings of dependence on their phones. According to the study, female students, younger students, and students who exhibited signs of emotional instability (determined by the personality test) had higher occurrences of this sensation.

And, like any true addiction, there are potential negative side effects to being consumed with your cell phone. Some of the side effects listed by researchers include weight gain, depression, and feelings of isolation.

So, how do you curb the dependency? Researchers offered the following suggestions for quitting your cell phone: set a cell phone usage schedule; create activities outside of cell phone usage; get rid of apps that you don’t need; shut the cell phone down during set times, and, ultimately, go on a cell phone fast.

Are you addicted to your cell phone? Do you experience “phantom phone vibrations”? Could you go on a cell phone fast?

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02/04/2017 2:49 PM

'.. Are you so consumed with it that you hear its familiar sound everywhere you go?

If you answered yes, particularly to the last question, you might be experiencing a form of cell phone dependency, ...'

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....or, you haven't bothered to change the factory default ring tone, message/system alerts, etc. So that you wouldn't need to imagine you are hearing familiar sounds everywhere you go, because familiar sounds are playing nearby pretty much where ever you go.

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02/04/2017 3:01 PM

Ah, hang on a sec, I got a call...

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02/04/2017 3:34 PM

My phantom phone never vibrates.

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02/04/2017 6:48 PM

That can lead to a bad case of the 'phphph's resulting in a phlacid phantom phone.

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02/04/2017 6:51 PM

Thank you! Until now I thought I was the only one!

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02/04/2017 6:58 PM

Oh, no!

Dysfunction of this sort is common enough, the diagnosis merits its own TLA. Some even consider receiving their PhD a hard earner honor.

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02/04/2017 7:05 PM

You're absolutely right of course. I googled it on my phantom phone and turned up this:

Damn, it's more widespread than I thought.

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02/05/2017 11:02 AM

When I was working full time I kept my phone in my left pocket. After months of this, I started noticing that I was feeling a vibration in my leg even at night when my phone was turned off!

I was suspicious that the nerves in my leg were damaged from the RF field that my phone was always using to hunt for a cell tower. It took about 3 weeks for the occasional vibration feeling to stop.

Now I use a cell phone holster which has a metal liner to protect my leg, and that has stopped the problem.

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02/05/2017 11:32 AM

Now that a, " Study ", has laid the basis for my neuroticism, can my doctor approve my request for a Medical Marijuana card to treat my weight gain, depression or feelings of isolation (?)

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02/14/2017 10:07 AM

Oh heck - why stop there. Complain of pain and get an opioid derived pain killer, so you can have that dependency as well.

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02/06/2017 6:28 PM

Definitely not addicted, but since I don't want to subject nearby people to whatever ringtone that piques my fancy, I always set mine to vibrate only. Plus, since I'm deaf in one ear, I cannot directionalize sounds, so I'd never be sure it was my phone unless I had some obnoxious, unique ringtone.

Interestingly enough, I have thought I had an incoming call or text but my gut sometimes makes vibrations that feel just like the phone is buzzing. Uncanny how similar it is to the vibrations of my phlip-fone.

Some people are so afraid they will miss a call, they not only have an annoyingly unique ringtone, they crank it up so loud you can hear it in the next office building over. Then they leave it on their desk so everyone can enjoy their incoming calls. Mustn't take a hammer, and . . . . . Mustn't take a hammer, and . . .

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02/07/2017 4:09 PM
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