Phantom vibration syndrome

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Phantom vibration syndrome or phantom ringing syndrome is the perception that one's mobile phone is vibrating or ringing when it is not. Other terms for this concept include ringxiety (a portmanteau of ring and anxiety), fauxcellarm (a portmanteau of "faux" /fo͜ʊ/ meaning "fake" or "false" and "cellphone" and "alarm" pronounced similarly to "false alarm") and phonetom (a portmanteau of phone and phantom)[1] and phantom phone signals.[2] According to Michael Rothberg, the term is not a syndrome, but is better characterised as a tactile hallucination since the brain perceives a sensation that is not actually present.[3] WebMD published an article on phantom vibration syndrome with Rothberg as a source. [4] Several other articles have been published in 2010s, including in NPR, Bustle, CBS News, and Psychology Today. [5][6][7][8]

Phantom ringing may be experienced while taking a shower, watching television, or using a noisy device. Humans are particularly sensitive to auditory tones between 1,000 and 6,000 hertz, and basic mobile phone ringtones often fall within this range.[1] Phantom vibrations develop after carrying a cell phone set to use vibrating alerts.[9] Researcher Michelle Drouin found that almost 9 out of 10 undergraduates at her college experienced phantom vibrations.[10][11]

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