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Phantom Vibration Syndrome: Psychology of Dependence on Technology

Increasingly we are getting dependent on the technology and the psychological effects of technology are in several ways affecting our psychology. A very interesting example is : The syndrome known as “phantom vibration”  characterized by an individual falsely perceiving that their cell phone is either vibrating or ringing at a time when it clearly isn’t. 

According to Dr. Michelle Drouin, a professor at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 89% of the undergraduates in her study had experienced these phantom vibrations about every two weeks on the average although only one in 11 classified them as “bothersome.” Those who reacted more emotionally to text messages and were more dependent on text messaging were more bothered by them.