If You Own A Mobile Phone, You Could Suffer From Phantom Vibration Syndrome

Owning a mobile phone is now a necessity among people of all age groups. Some can’t imagine a day without their phones and with this “addiction” comes the Phantom vibration syndrome which affects 90% of cellphone owners.

PVS is described as the feeling of mistakenly thinking one’s phone is vibrating in their pocket, when in fact it’s not.

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 Behaviour journal, suggests that by a person leaving 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.

In an interview with the BBC, he said: “One recent study of undergraduates reports that 90 per cent of them say that they’ve experienced these phantom vibrations.”

Dr Rosenberger said people were “just so anxious these days, because of all of our different technologies”, which include emails and text messages, “having us on edge.”

“We are more inclined to be jumpy and feel something in our pocket as a phantom vibration,” he adds.

Samsung S6 unveiled in Barcelona

Samsung has unveiled two new flagship smartphones with a host of features aimed at taking on arch-rival Apple.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, which were revealed on Sunday in Barcelona.

The phone has for the first time a full metal body.

The latter device has a screen that curves around both edges that will be used to display notifications and other information, including a contacts shortcut.

Samsung claims the smartphones are the most advanced and secure on the market.

New specs on the phones include wireless charging which allows the devices to be powered up without being plugged in.

Improved battery charging speeds, which will see the S6 charge 1.5 times faster than the S5 model.

The new devices have a 5.1-inch screen which is the highest pixel density of any available smartphone, with 577 pixels per inch.

The devices will also have an integrated payment system similar to the iPhone6’s Apple Pay.

And new anti-theft features will allow users to locate their phone in the event of it being lost or stolen, as well as remotely lock it, or display a personal message on screen.

Samsung has not revealed the price or release date for the smartphones.

Samsung is under pressure for the latest models to be a success after the disappointing reception for the Galaxy S5.

HTC also debuted its latest smartphone, the One M9, which will go on sale at the end of March.

Sony and LG are also to unveil new products at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) technology show, which begins on Monday.

Airlines cleared for mobile phone use during flights

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) says electronic devices such as mobile phones can be left switched on during flights.

EASA says that electronic devices do not pose a safety risk.

The announcement clears the way for airlines to permit the use of mobile phones, once they have conducted their own safety reviews.

Currently airline passengers have to switch devices to flight mode and make calls from the airport terminal.

The EASA sets the framework for airlines making safety decisions.

The agency said each airline would still have to go through an assessment process, ensuring aircraft systems are not affected by the signals from portable electronic devices before establishing their own rules for their operation.

As a result there could be a delay in implementing the new rules at some airlines.

It also says that airlines may opt for different policies on the use of mobile devices.

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