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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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archersangel
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.
joemorf
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.

~j
mollyringle
Jun. 22nd, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
*nod*
I think I've had an ordinary stomach growl fool me into it too.
travels_in_time
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.
mollyringle
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.
mighty_gratira
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.
mollyringle
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.
extrajoker
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.
mollyringle
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Hah! Cool. I love "Wait Wait..." Should've known they'd find such a story. :D
wandererrob
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
mollyringle
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. :)
ahab99
Jun. 23rd, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
It's not just you:



;)
wandererrob
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
WINNER!! :D
mollyringle
Jun. 23rd, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Ahaha! Well, if that's all, luckily the Doctor will be along soon to save me. ;)
mighty_gratira
Jun. 28th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
LOL!
lalael
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.
mollyringle
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. :)
naill_renfro
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...
mollyringle
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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