Phantom phone vibrations are more common than you would think. According to a new study “Phantom Vibration Syndrome is a type of hallucination reported among mobile phone users in the general population. Another similar perception, phantom ringing syndrome, has not been previously described in the medical literature.” Around 80% of us have imagined a phone vibrating in our pocket and 30%have heard our phones ringing when it is not.
I was recently standing in my kitchen cooking dinner when I felt my phone vibrating in my pocket. I reached down to grab it thinking it was a text message. To my shock and surprise I only found an empty pocket. I could feel my leg vibrating and the sensation was unbelievably real. The strange thing is that even after my hand was in my pocket I could feel the vibration.
I looked around the room for my phone an found it sitting on the wood arm of my living room chair. It was vibrating and making a faint sound. This all happened in a matter of thirty seconds. No, I was not going mad, I was experiencing a phantom phone vibration. My unconscious mind had become so sensitive to the faint vibrating sound that when I heard it across the room my body responded.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B003COCPPO” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41GposvbYlL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]I had experienced these vibrations as well as phantom ringing several times but never like this. My mind had combined the faint vibrating sound from the wood chair arm and combined it with an old sensation memory of my phone vibrating in my pocket. My brain was literally meshing these sensations together making it almost impossible to distinguish the real vibrating sensation and the phantom sensation.
This experience is is related to signal detection theory or signal recovery in machines. This theory suggests that in heightened states of consciousness including stress and wartime we are more likely to detect fainter stimuli. Has technology put us into a constant state of heightened alertness? If so this could explain why so many people report experiencing this phantom phone vibration.
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Wearable technologies like form fitting body suits that include haptic technologies and micro skin stretch technologies could add an entirely new level of phantom as well as real sensations. Imagine a body suit that has an imbedded wrist band that could send and receive information. If this suit was imbedded with haptic technologies your friend on the other end of the “call” could actually squeeze his wrist and the device would send this information and you would literally feel your wrist being squeezed.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B007NSRUAU” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41jq7tTIDpL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Just imagine the incredible ways this technology will change our lives. But think about this. The idea of TechnoTelepathy is a near future reality. No longer is it just “Do you see what I see?” In the coming age of technoTelepathy the question will be “Can you feel what I feel?” Are you ready to send TechnoTelepathy hugs?
Our future will be filled wearable technology. Shirts, watches, headgear, glasses and suits filled with vibrating, beeping, blinking and pulsating electronic devices. We will experience more of these phantom sensations as we move closer into technoTelepathy. We are now experiencing the primary stages of hyper techno-awareness. Our unconscious minds are creating new sensory patterns. patterns that humanity has never experienced before. As new wearable technologies increase our hyper sensitivity our physiological sensations will shift. This shift is a near future shift. We will see multiple perceptual increases in sensitivity in our society and a side effect may be more phantom sensations.
At some point, in the not so distant future, humanity will ask : “What was it like before the time of HapticTelepathy?”
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