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Phantom vibrations among undergraduates: Prevalence and associated psychological characteristics – ScienceDirect.com – Computers in Human Behavior

Abstract

‘Phantom vibration syndrome,’ or perceived vibrations from a device that is not really vibrating, is a recent psychological phenomenon that has attracted the attention of the media and medical community. Most (89%) of the 290 undergraduates in our sample had experienced phantom vibrations, and they experienced them about once every two weeks, on average. However, few found them bothersome. Those higher in conscientiousness experienced phantom vibrations less frequently, and those who had strong reactions to text messages (higher in the emotional reaction subscale of text message dependence) were more bothered by phantom vibrations. These findings suggest that targeting individuals’ emotional reactions to text messages might be helpful in combating the negative consequences of both text message dependency and phantom vibrations. However, because few young adults were bothered by these phantom vibrations or made attempts to stop them, interventions aimed at this population may be unnecessary.

Highlights

  • Phantom vibrations were very common among young adult undergraduates.
  • Few undergraduates were bothered by or tried to stop phantom vibrations.
  • Conscientiousness was negatively related to frequency of phantom vibrations.
  • Emotional reactivity to texts was related to bothersomeness of phantom vibrations.
  • Treatments for phantom vibrations may be unnecessary for this group.

via ScienceDirect.com – Computers in Human Behavior – Phantom vibrations among undergraduates: Prevalence and associated psychological characteristics.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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