by Stewart B. Segal, MD
I’M NOT CRAZY
I’m not! I thought I was! I kept feeling a sensation as if my phone was vibrating even when I was not wearing my phone. When I was wearing my phone, I’d answer it. No one was on the line. The vibration feature was off. What the heck was going on?
Yesterday I read an article in the highly esteemed British Medical Journal entitled “Phantom vibration syndrome among medical staff: a cross sectional survey.” They studied 169 physicians and medical students who carry cell phones and pagers and found that 115 (61%) of them “reported having phantom vibrations. “ Thirty nine percent were able to stop the phantoms by “taking the device off vibrate mode, changing the location of the device, and using a different device.” Their conclusion was that “phantom vibrations were common among those who use electronic devices.”
The authors could not account for this phenomenon nor comment on the safety of these devices. I, for one, am just glad I’m not crazy! So if you are experiencing vibrations from your cell phone or pager when you are not receiving a call, you probably are not crazy. Just to be safe, answer the phone!