Y’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