Did you know: phantom vibrations caused by smartphones are a thing among undergraduates

Did you know: phantom vibrations caused by smartphones are a thing among undergraduates
'Phantom vibration syndrome' — now how does that sound to you? It sounds all sorts of weird, we can imagine! And frankly, it is. Basically, PVS is all about experiencing perceived vibrations from a device that is not really vibrating. It's a new age disorder, first unleashed upon humanity by everyone's favorite and most ubiquitous vibrating gadget — the cellphone! However, it was really smartphones and their constant barrage of notifications that brought things to a strenuous state!

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



27. AlikMalix unregistered

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...

24. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

When My girl was on deployment, I always got Phantom vibrations. Now that she's back they went away.

23. GeekMovement unregistered

I have vibration turned off, so I haven't experienced PVS from my memory so far.

22. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

It happens to me...even if the phone isn't in my pocket. I could give a s**te who's texting me, but I think it's tied to my work email

20. Cyberchum

Posts: 1147; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Epic auto correct failure right there. . . I can't remember the last time i used vibration for notifications. I only use it for haptic feedback and the intensity is next to nothing.

19. Cyberchum

Posts: 1147; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I can't remember the last time used vibration for notifications. I only learned use it for happiness feedback and the intensity is next to nothing.

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I thought I had this before but it turns out Samsung implemented a feature that makes your phone vibrate if you pick it up when you have a notification

15. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I experience phantom vibrations on a regular basis. My wife tells me to cut down on the broccoli and onions

14. Vanliewn

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Smart watches have started to fix this issue

13. talon95

Posts: 1012; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3201; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm in my 50s and have felt them. I'm certainly not an undergrad.

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

i don't feel any vibration even when my phone vibrates...and i think i'm not alone

10. Brewski

Posts: 739; 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.

9. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Oh for god's sake...

8. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Single women have the same problem but for very different reasons.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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.

28. ImQ009

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

This comment of yours is really painful to read.

29. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IK Sorry Bruh.

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I did have them, so I tried somethings, and it's because my phone sometimes glides along my pocketlining which makes it vibrate.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This happens to everybody at sometimes for any age.

4. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Will be a S6 with marg

3. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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.

2. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I'm guilty! And I'm an undergraduate!

1. Metropolis75

Posts: 200; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Not gonna lie. I sometimes feel a vibration on my hip even when my phone isn't holstered.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

You too...?

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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.

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