Did you know: phantom vibrations caused by smartphones are a thing among undergraduates
posted by Luis D. / Nov 06, 2015, 6:28 AM
According to a joint study carried out by the Indiana and Purdue Universities, as many as 258 out of 290 participating undergraduate smartphone users have experienced phantom vibrations once every two weeks, on average. Particularly, those who had stronger emotional reactions to text messages were more often bothered by the symptoms.
It's not exactly clear how the researchers plan to combat this nightmare of a disease. However, they did eventually conclude that few undergraduates were actually that hot and bothered of phantom vibrations to warrant treatments. We also learned that emotional reactivity to texts is directly related to how bothersome those phantom vibrations are. In this case, heed our advice — don't get too emotional over your text messages and notifications. It's really not that big of a deal!
Still, anyone around here feeling their smartphone vibrate while it's actually sitting in their pocket perfectly still?
source: Science Direct
source: Science Direct
Posts: 194; Member since: Aug 28, 2012
Not gonna lie. I sometimes feel a vibration on my hip even when my phone isn't holstered.
posted on Nov 06, 2015, 6:34 AM 4
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I'm nearly 34 and I feel those vibration even when I don't have my phone on me, lol. I hardly care about the vibrations but I am revealed that I'm in the vast majority of people who also experience it. I feel a little less crazy now.
posted on Nov 08, 2015, 6:13 PM 0
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Wow, never realized I was so emotionally affected by notifications. Explains the Phantom vibrations. I also jump across the room when I hear the message. I don't know man, when a notification comes, you must react. The law of nature.
posted on Nov 06, 2015, 6:51 AM 2
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I Use To Have Phantom Vibrations But I Quit Using Vibrate And They Stopped But Now I Have Phantom Notification Sound Syndrome Cause I Hear It When I Have My Phone On Silent And Sometimes When I Don't Even Have My Phone. SMH Traded One For Another.
posted on Nov 06, 2015, 7:24 AM 2
Posts: 660; Member since: Jun 05, 2012
I first started feeling this back in 2005/2006 with a flip phone when texting was huge. I would get bored at work and text people and sometimes I would think I heard my phone beep and feel it buzz but then when I pulled it out, nothing. It was even worse when I was driving because I had a sports car that had a little vibration to it so I was constantly pulling my phone out for a false alarm. I've experienced it for so long now that It only happens about once a month but I also keep my phone in a dock when I'm driving so I can see it on my dashboard and it sits on the desk next to my keyboard at work.
posted on Nov 06, 2015, 9:00 AM 1
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Yeah, that happens. I always assumed it was due to, for example driving in the car and having a road vibration at the resonant frequency of the vibration motor that caused it to make a couple turns and trigger my muscle memory, or walking/jogging and causing the same effect. Maybe I'm just trying to pretend it's not all in my head.
posted on Nov 06, 2015, 10:08 AM 0
I set up my phone to only notify me of emails when I wake it or unlock it - this way I'm not running across the room for some junk mail. But texts - I need to read most of them as they arrive. I do customize my vibrations per contact (not just ringtones) - so I know if it's important or not even if it's on vibrate... That helps...
posted on Nov 07, 2015, 5:12 AM 0
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