Oh good grief, so I’m not alone. According to a USA Today report there is a phenomenon known as ‘phantom vibration syndrome’ where you go to answer a vibrating phone in your pocket – only to find that it’s not actually vibrating at all. So it’s official, eh? Thank goodness for that, I thought it was only me that suffered from this embarrassing little problem.
Psychologically, the key to deciphering phantom vibrations is “hypothesis-guided search,” a theory that describes the selective monitoring of physical sensations, says Jeffrey Janata, director of the behavioral medicine program at University Hospitals in Cleveland. It suggests that when cellphone users are alert to vibrations, they are likely to experience sporadic false alarms, he says.