Was that My Phone?: How Bad Vibrations are Ruining Our Lives

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  • It’s a good thing I’m not a hypochondriac, and if you are, I suggest you pass on this blog.

    Do you ever wonder what would have happened if our parents would have tried to use half the excuses that are used today to get out of work or school?  They wouldn’t have, partly because they knew better, and partly because most of the excuses hadn’t been invented yet.

    There’s a syndrome for everything these days and here are a few of the most bizarre ones:

    Exploding Head Syndrome: a disorder that causes sufferers to hear loud explosion-like noises within their own heads—even when their teenage sons aren’t playing the video game “Call of Duty Black Ops.”

    Foreign Accent Syndrome: a speech disorder that is a result of head trauma and causes people to change their speech patterns and sometimes sound like they’re speaking with an accent.  This is NOT to be confused with what happened to Tina Turner when she moved from Nut Bush, Tennessee to the big city or Madonna after spending a week in Great Britain.

    But my favorite syndrome, or the one I can relate to most is the Phantom Vibration Syndrome…and no, it isn’t what you think.  PVS is actually the sensation and false belief that one can feel one’s mobile phone vibrating or hear it ringing, when in fact the telephone is not doing so.

    Phantom Pocket Vibration Syndrome is very similar except; of course the device is, well…in your pocket.

    According to a recent Psychology Today article, psychologist Dr. Michelle Drouin, a professor at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, performed a study on undergrads and even though most of them didn’t consider these phantom phone vibrations bothersome, she says it’s still a problem.  Constantly or even frequently wondering whether we’re getting messages from our phones unconsciously bothers the brain, she says.

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