May 30th, 2006

Following the New York Times story on “audio illusion, phantom phone rings or ringxiety and fauxcellarm” – described as the new reason for people to either bemoan the techno-saturation of modern life or question their sanity, News.com.au via Engadget now claims the phenomenon – of falsely believing you hear your mobile phone ringing or vibrating – is so widespread it has an official name: “ringxiety” and it’s really the subconscious calculating how popular we are.

David Laramie, from California’s School of Professional Psychology, who coined the termed ringxiety and says he himself is a sufferer.

More on phanthom vibrations and phanthom rings in Ringtonia.

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