You know that feeling, when you think your cellphone is vibrating in your pocket and check only to realize that it's not.
Don't worry, you're not going crazy. This phenomenon known as 'phantom cellphone vibration' syndrome is not only real but becoming increasingly more common. However, the downside is that it might be a sign that you have a tech addiction.
According to Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University, lots of people are feeling these phantom vibrations which could be a sign of tech anxiety:
Our body is always in waiting to anticipate any kind of technological interaction, which usually comes from a smartphone. With that anticipatory anxiety, if we get any neurological stimulation, our pants rubbing against our leg for example, you might interpret that through the veil of anxiety, as "Oh, my phone is vibrating."
To deal with this, try not carrying your device 24/7 or taking 10-15 minute tech breaks every couple of hours to reset your
brain. And the next time you're feeling those imaginary cellphone vibrations, ask yourself if it might be that you're feeling anxious about being connected, and try to find out if that anxiety interfering with anything else in your life.
For more on cellphone vibration syndrome and other signs of tech addiction, check out ComputerWorld