13 Jan '12, 6am

Feeling 'phantom vibrations' from your phone? You could be a smartphone addict

LONDON - Smartphones are so addictive many users now hear "phantom vibrations" because they are desperate to receive new messages, a study has found. Blackberries and iPhones are meant to help workers manage their workload by giving them access to messages and alerts while away from the office. But people become so obsessive about checking their email accounts and social networking sites that they actually become more stressed as a result, researchers said. Some are so hooked to their devices that they even begin to experience "phantom" vibrations where they mistakenly believe their phone is buzzing in their pocket, it was claimed. The findings were presented to the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology Conference in Chester this week. Researchers issued questionnaires and carried out psychometric stress tests on more than 100 volunteers inclu...

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