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.
Whether we imagine the ring/vibration, or maybe our mind is actually triggered by electrical activities that are similar to ring/vibration (like Alex Blaszxzynski from University of Sydney claims) – this syndrome is experienced by 68% of people regularly. And for sure this is something we never had before we used to carry cellphones… Either way – it’s another negative effect the cellphone has on our lives, being less relaxed, more tensed.