By Kathy Walsh
DENVER (CBS4) – Do you think your mobile phone is ringing or vibrating when it’s not? That’s called “phantom vibration syndrome.”READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Data Shows Clear Link Between Vaccination Rates Across State And The Hospitalizations
A study of students by Robert Rosenberger, PhD. at the Georgia Institute of Technology found 90 percent of them said they felt the phantom phone sensations.
“Because we’re so in touch with our cellphones now. We’re cyborgs, practically. They’re parts of us,” a woman eating lunch at Metropolitan State University of Denver told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.
“It’s almost like a hallucination,” said Randi Smith, LCSW, PhD. and associate professor of psychology at MSU Denver.
“There’s a fear that we’re going to miss a text, somebody is trying to reach us and we’re not being responsive,” said Smith.READ MORE: Colorado School Districts In Need Of Substitute Teachers Hope Changes To Licensing Requirements Will Help
She says new media and messages are exciting and rewarding. For some, they are an obsession.
“I think it’s a little scary how dependent most of us have become on our devices,” said Smith.
Smith said, sometimes, she suggests students take a media fast.
“They’ll typically report back, ‘I couldn’t go an hour,'” Smith said.
Phantom vibration syndrome isn’t physically painful. But some believe it’s a warning that too much technology may be hazardous to human interaction. Smith says our attachment to devices becomes a serious problem when it keeps us from engaging with other people in the here and now.MORE NEWS: Voting Rights Leaders From Out Of State Come To Denver For Discussion About How To Protect Elections