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Phantom phone buzz

Does anyone else experience phantom phone buzz?

I tend to leave my cell phone on vibrate, so as to avoid having a call wake up a sleeping toddler, or chirp loudly in the public library. But that means I've become susceptible to thinking the phone is vibrating when it actually isn't. The car rumbles over a rough patch of pavement, someone scoots a piece of furniture, two pieces of fabric rub against each other--each time, I snap to attention and check the phone, thinking maybe someone called. Ugh. Nope, generally not.

Phantom phone buzz, I tell you. It's a real thing.



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Jun. 21st, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
i've heard of that recently. someone on my friend list (whether journal or community, can't recall) mentioned it.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Happens to me all the time, with the added bonus of an occasional phantom tingling in my left hip, as if the phone were buzzing in my pocket.

Jun. 22nd, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
I think I've had an ordinary stomach growl fool me into it too.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, happens to me. Mostly I get the tingling in my hip, as the user above mentioned. Sometime when the phone's not even in my pocket.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yep--and as I said in response there too, regular old stomach growls have even momentarily fooled me into thinking it's the phone. Even if I don't have the phone with me.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 10:34 am (UTC)
Hmm, wasn't there a study on that...? *looks up*

There totally is! Proof that there is a study for everything... And if you don't feel like reading the article, someone wrote an article about it. XD

... sometimes, I think there needs to be a Science Rule 34.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Heh! OK, I'm not sure it warrants scientific research funds. :D But at least it's not just me.

Funny about Rule 34. I wasn't aware of it until someone cited it recently, and now I seem to see it everywhere. Another of those little phenomena. No research funds required; I know it happens all the time.
Jun. 28th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
I've experienced this, too. I first learned that it wasn't just me by listening to an episode of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" -- about 2 minutes into this recording.
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Hah! Cool. I love "Wait Wait..." Should've known they'd find such a story. :D
Jun. 22nd, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
*Many* times! I'd just be sitting there at my desk and was sure I felt my phone buzz only to check and fine I've imagined it.

I finally turned off the vibrate function and often leave the phone on silent now. If I see you calling, great. If not, I have voicemail. I'll get back to them when I can.

I still get the phantom buzz from time to time though. :D
Jun. 22nd, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Probably a good idea. It's not like I actually like my cell phone. But when I leave the kids with a sitter, I suppose I need to be aware if anyone's calling. :)
Jun. 23rd, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
It's not just you:

Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Ahaha! Well, if that's all, luckily the Doctor will be along soon to save me. ;)
Jun. 28th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
I don't get the phantom buzz, but until yesterday I had the setting for a robotic voice to tell me who was calling before my ringtone started turned on. And I would -swear- I heard that sometimes but when I took out my phone no call or message. Maybe now with it turned off it'll stop happening.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
You know, in background appliance noise in the house (dishwasher, washing machine, white noise machine for napping...) I sometimes swear I hear a muffled voice like someone leaving a message on the answering machine. Once in a while there actually was a message, just to confuse matters and make me hallucinate more. :)
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yes! I thought it was just me! One less reason to worry about my health and/or sanity now...
Jul. 2nd, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
It was happening to me yesterday even when I didn't have the phone on me. Ugh.
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