Monday, September 17, 2007

Phantom Ringing

Did you say you heard your cell phone ring? You did? But your phone does not show that you missed a call? But you swear that you heard it ring? You felt it vibrate too? Huh.

You must be suffering from "ringxiety"! Oh yes, there is such a disease now. I know U.Lee will never suffer from this disease because he doesn't own a cell phone. I know I won't either because usually my phone only rings once a day and that is from dear hubby! :-) I can count with one hand the number of times I have used text messaging. And that was when I first got the new phone and wanted to try if my text messaging feature was working all right.

A new study found that two thirds of the people surveyed, reported hearing their phone ring or feeling it vibrate when it had not actually rung.

The phenomenon has been termed "ringxiety."

The more frequently a person uses their phone, the more often they reported hearing a phantom ring, the study found.

These participants (67% of the people surveyed) had higher monthly charges, used more minutes, sent more text messages, and showed higher levels of impulsivity. They were also younger. (participants ranged in age from 18 to 86).

The study also shows that some people rely on their mobile phone to regulate moods and maintain social connectedness. Those people who prefer to use their phones for text messaging, rather than talking, evidence higher levels of loneliness, social anxiety, and problem phone use.

Source: Science Daily


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