Smartphone addicts plagued by “phantom” vibrations

Smartphone addicts plagued by “phantom” vibrationsY’know that weird thing where you think you feel your phone vibrate, but then realise it’s not in your pocket at all and you wonder what the source of that distinctly vibro-like sensation was? Well, you’re not alone, you freak. (Phew!)

A study by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology shows that “phantom” vibrations are not entirely uncommon.

The study used questionnaires and psychometric testing, and concluded that the frequency at which users check their smartphones is often directly linked to stress.

Worse still, being stressed and constantly checking your phone  - only to discover that no one has emailed or liked your Facebook status update - invariably leads to more stress. Argh!

Worser stiller, those with the highest levels of stress were often prone to “phantom” vibrations – again resulting in increased stressage. Bad times, man.

It’s also revealed that business smartphones – which should hypothetically makes things a little easier – actually stress out their users, as they feel an increased obligation to stay on top of emails and that.

On a semi-related note, I’m starting to appreciate leaving my phone at home on occasion. Y’know, if I’m popping along to the shops or whatever. It’s really quite liberating.

via: The Telegraph

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 18:14

Volkswagen and some other German (and French) companies have recently changed their policies with regards to company phones:
Staff are no longer bothered by company emails, memos, BBMs and voicecalls after work hours.
They realised that too much connectedness burns people out. That a constant data flow without appropriate opportunity to actually reflect on said data is very counterproductive!
(Which explains a lot, right, LC? :p ;). ))

Treab  Jan. 14, 2012 at 18:17

now now janny... now now...


MDrX  Jan. 14, 2012 at 19:45

Well I'm glad I am not alone.. however I have been branded a 'smartphone addict.' Not sure which is worse

Treab  Jan. 14, 2012 at 20:26

tbh smartphone addict is such a bull term... as its soo socially normal these days.

Rubisco  Jan. 15, 2012 at 10:51

Human beings are not much more than complex bags of liquid and sinew. Our bodies often make involuntary vibrations. Vessels fart, muscles spasm. Sometimes this can get mistaken for a text. Stress leads to higher blood pressure which in turn increases the incidence of such physical phenomena. These psychologists can bog off and study some real science.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 15, 2012 at 11:32

I too am not a fan of psychologists.
And you're right - many of those "phantom vibrations" are definitely our own bodily ticks and quirks. Or they are little vibes in our environment...
But the question is: why do we sometimes (or often) notice these usually unnoticed vibrations? And Yes, high blodpressure can can do it. So next: why do some people feel stressed when they notice these vibes: stress. Pressure. Both cause high bloodpressure. And then they interpret the vibes as something coming from the phone. Even if the phone's off or in the other room. Why? Because the phone represents the source of pressure, stress, TMI (too much information), human interaction at inconvenient times etc etc... Stress. Pressure, high bloodpressure.

For some that may be common sense, but when you're caught in a web of depression, stress, etc while your blood vessels are humming and knocking like a diesel engine on a banked ship, you may need a big in-your-face statement. You may need someone who says, hey, you're not just "nuts". There are reasons. There are things to do. And sadly sometimes it has to be someone like a grant-whoring psychologist because our social relations are out of whack. Friends too buSy and caught up in their own issues etc etc... We are fragile beings. A paragraph of text, a few bars of music, a photo can make us cry or smile or grab a gun and go postal...


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