Ciudad del este is located at the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, having a huge “tax-free” zone. While traveling in South America, I got there and had a full day to waste. I started creating a list of things I’d like to buy, comparing the prices between the different stores – all with the help of my precious iPhone. Then, while adding a new item to the list, I dropped my iPhone on the floor, and its screen cracked.
So I panicked.
Two weeks ago I wrote about the fear of being without your phone, AKA “NoMoPhobia”.
Now, I always thought that I’m the only crazy person in the room, when I used to hear my phone ringing, vibrate or the sounds of various notifications – but it wasn’t! I’m hearing the familiar noise, pick up my phone, and nothing. It was all in my imagination.
I just found out I’m not the only crazy around. This sensation and false belief that the phone rang while in fact it isn’t doing so, is called “Phantom Ringing Syndrome”. It usually happens when you are concentrated on something, like watching TV, taking a shower or using a noisy device.