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The Technological Invasion Of The Human Psyche

The desire to stay connected comes with a price


What's going on?

The phantom vibration syndrome occurs when a person feels that their mobile device is vibrating when it is not. This syndrome would appear real to anyone experiencing it, but it’s only an illusion. The phantom vibration syndrome is said to affect up to 80% of the population, but psychologists do not consider it a pathology.


According to studies, this syndrome occurs due to a kind of anticipation of a desired outcome. That desired stimulus could be a call or a reply to a text message that an individual craves severely – that their senses artificially generates it. Hyper-connected individuals will experience this syndrome due to a perpetual state of expectation that comes from the urge to stay connected always. Research even suggests that when a person puts their phone in the pocket, it becomes a part of their body, just like how glasses are. However, most people experienced phantom vibration at moments when they are stressed out or have some form of suppressed anxiety.


A study done by the University of Michigan proved that people with attachment anxiety were more likely to experience this syndrome. Nevertheless, experts said that this vibration syndrome is nothing to worry about, as these false perceptions tend to occur when an individual’s psychological defenses are low. The only time when one should be concerned is when phantom vibrations cause anger and disappointment. For most people, these experiences are often regarded as a mistake and not an issue that requires attention.