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.