90% of Phone Users Suffer from ‘Phantom Vibration Syndrome’

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Nine out of ten people suffer from “phantom vibration syndrome – where they mistakenly think their mobile phone is vibrating in their pocket – it has been claimed. Dr Robert Rosenberger, philosopher and assistant professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, said the phenomenon was caused by ‘learned bodily habits.”
Research published in the Computers in Human Behavior journal, suggests that by when people leave a phone in their pocket it becomes “part of their body” in the same way that wearing glasses can, as it is easy to forget they are there.
“People then perceive other sensations such as movement of clothing of muscle spasms as vibrations from your mobile, but it is easy to forget they are there.
In an interview with BBC he said: “One recent study of undergraduates reports that 90% of them say that they have experienced these phantom vibrations.”

PUBLISHED IN: Computers in Human Behaviour
PUBLISHED BY: Dr Robert Rosenberger, Georgia Institute of Technology, America
(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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