Cell phone which has become a necessity for everyone is a boon to all of us. Cell phone help us to keep in touch with our friends , family and acquaintances , getting oneself updated with whats-happening-around-the-world, taking the stress off with online banking , shopping and various other app facilities which we are only too happy to use.
Now think of this…. have you ever felt your phone vibrating or ringing, but when you actually you remove it from your pocket or purse to answer it and you realize, that it just wasn’t ringing or buzzing in the first place? Many of us are guilty of this phenomena where we keep checking our phones thinking it has vibrated only to find no one has called. This sensory hallucination has a name – Phantom Vibration Syndrome (PVS) aka Phantom Ringing. It’s a 21st century phenomenon experienced by millions of people everyday across the globe.
A recent research has shown that the city based doctors are witnessing 30-40 percent rise in such patients. In current scenario the way the younger generation are addicted to cell phones it will not be surprising that the figures of patient having PVS will rise to 60-70 percent in short span of time.
Many people constantly worry about possible calls or messages on their phone and hence get the feeling of their phone vibrating or ringing. This can lead to loss of concentration while work or while studying. Such syndrome also leads to increase in number of accidents as the person checks the phone while driving. Also not to forget that too much addiction of phones leads to social and occupational problems too.
People suffering from PVS feel the phone is ringing even when they are away from the phone. The frequency of checking the mobile phones increases intensely. With high intensity increases ones anxiety and also leads to distress. There are cases found in young generation where in they feel their phone’s ringing even in their dreams and hence the person wakes up in the middle of the night to check for any calls or messages.
Just a note of caution that incase if you are feeling that your phone vibrates or hearing the ringtone and infact nothing sort of it has happen, then you are one of the victim of PVS. Well, nothing to worry as there is therapy/treatment available for overcoming PVS. A small helpful tip – Do cell phone fasting; a way to keep yourself away from your phone and from the syndrome too.