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(NPR)   Cell phones have become so entrenched in our psyche that we feel "phantom phone vibrations" and experience tremendous anxiety if we don't have our phones on us at all times   (npr.org) divider line 142
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2013-09-30 07:22:09 PM
Yes.
 
2013-09-30 07:40:08 PM
Yeah? So?
 
2013-09-30 07:46:12 PM
I think they're exaggerating a bit.

-- sent from my Android
 
2013-09-30 07:49:01 PM
I never know where my phone is. I like it that way.
 
2013-09-30 07:53:13 PM
You people are frikkin zombies.
 
amo [TotalFark]
2013-09-30 08:39:55 PM

MisterTweak: I think they're exaggerating a bit.

-- sent from my Android


I used to get them when I wore a pager.
 
2013-09-30 08:44:00 PM
Cell phone = electronic leash.
 
2013-09-30 08:50:56 PM
"Anxiety if we don't have our cell phones" is the new "naked without my watch". Not really a big deal.
 
2013-09-30 08:55:20 PM
No, I don't.

I honestly don't know when the last time I received a useful text message was. There've been a couple system messages and wrong numbers -- and my phone is, uh, somewhere right now and I don't really care to get up to check.
 
2013-09-30 08:59:29 PM
What's this "We" shiat?

/You, maybe.........
 
2013-09-30 09:10:13 PM
Not me. Half the time I forget the phone on the charger and my ringer is always off so I never answer it.
 
2013-09-30 09:13:49 PM
Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.
 
2013-09-30 09:25:53 PM

Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.


I don't even have internet access... or a computer!
 
2013-09-30 09:28:05 PM

Donnchadha: Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.

I don't even have internet access... or a computer!


All I do is occasionally check my email at the library when I come to spend my daily three hours reading the dictionary and Kierkegaard.
 
2013-09-30 09:29:47 PM

Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.


Heck, I don't even have an internet.
 
2013-09-30 09:31:22 PM

Shostie: Donnchadha: Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.

I don't even have internet access... or a computer!

All I do is occasionally check my email at the library when I come to spend my daily three hours reading the dictionary and Kierkegaard.


And taking a dump because I don't even own a toilet
 
2013-09-30 09:35:51 PM

Donnchadha: Shostie: Donnchadha: Demetrius: Let's just take this to where's it's going to devolve to anyway...

I don't have a phone. I don't even own a TV, and if I did, I wouldn't watch it.

I don't even have internet access... or a computer!

All I do is occasionally check my email at the library when I come to spend my daily three hours reading the dictionary and Kierkegaard.

And taking a dump because I don't even own a toilet


I don't own a television.  Notice that I didn't say TV.  TV is a nickname, and nicknames are for friends, and television is no friend of mine.
 
2013-09-30 09:50:44 PM

Donnchadha: No, I don't.

I honestly don't know when the last time I received a useful text message was. There've been a couple system messages and wrong numbers -- and my phone is, uh, somewhere right now and I don't really care to get up to check.


Same. I don't do texting. I have friends who send me texts for the sole reason that they know it annoys me. The only thing I use my cell for is to tell people I'm going to be late or ask them where they are. That's it.
 
2013-09-30 09:56:53 PM

ornithopter: "Anxiety if we don't have our cell phones" is the new "naked without my watch". Not really a big deal.


I never saw anyone glued to their watch the entire time they're walking with them and crashing their car with them.
 
wee [TotalFark]
2013-09-30 10:01:03 PM
Mine lives in a box plugged in to charge, next to my keys and wallet when I'm home.  At work it's on the desk next to me. If I hear it ring, great. If not, I'll call you back.
 
2013-09-30 10:34:22 PM
I am in my fifties.  I assure you that I feel very little anxiety if my phone hasn't buzzed in the last six hours.

And yes, I do have an iPhone 5, and am a douchebag.
 
2013-09-30 10:48:32 PM
I do get anxious when I don't have my phone or the battery dies and I'm stuck on the bus or the DMV or something. At least they always provide a constant distraction.
 
2013-09-30 11:07:21 PM
I dunno... I get relieved when my phone is not on me, or the battery dies.  People only call me when they want something.

Gosh golly gee willikers... my battery must have died.  Sorry!

\I do believe that is the first time I have ever written willikers.  WILLikers.  WILLIKERS.  That's a weird word.
 
2013-09-30 11:10:20 PM
I actually start getting worried when my battery drops below 50%
 
2013-09-30 11:13:26 PM
dilbert.com
 
2013-09-30 11:14:33 PM
lol at people posting "I don't even know where my phone is!" as they sit on their computer surfing the web.

Newsflash: many people these days use their "cell phones" mainly for Facebook, Instagram, web browsing, etc... and do little in the way of making phone calls.

I don't even know when the last time was that I actually used my laptop to access the internet.
 
2013-09-30 11:15:31 PM
When I had a phone, I used to get calls so rarely that I thought my phone vibrating was an itch, but I did feel the same phantom sensation for a few weeks after I disco'd it.
 
2013-09-30 11:15:58 PM
I use an abacus to balance my checkbook.
 
2013-09-30 11:16:21 PM
never owned one
 
2013-09-30 11:17:13 PM
Don't forget those of us who use it primarily as a crazy-expensive alarm clock.
 
2013-09-30 11:17:20 PM

Donnchadha: No, I don't.

I honestly don't know when the last time I received a useful text message was. There've been a couple system messages and wrong numbers -- and my phone is, uh, somewhere right now and I don't really care to get up to check.


You've introduced a new level of Hipster.  Congrats.
 
2013-09-30 11:17:47 PM
I'm about to go on vacation for a week.  I love to get away from my cell phone, I only wish I could get away from other people and their cell phone.
 
2013-09-30 11:17:58 PM
I have a cellphone but I hardly use it to talk to text so .. yeah I don't get phantom sensations.  I do however take it with me 'just in case'.
 
2013-09-30 11:19:58 PM
I WISH more people got "phantom phone vibrations". It would mean they actually had the things set to vibrate, instead of playing the latest Miley Cyrus song at peak volume in the middle of the grocery store so they can get that oh-so-important text from their bff Jill reminding them to text if anything important happens between the deli case and the dairy aisle.
 
2013-09-30 11:20:07 PM
I have thought my phone was vibrating in my pocket a few times. I never set it to vibe, so, yeah...
 
2013-09-30 11:21:01 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: lol at people posting "I don't even know where my phone is!" as they sit on their computer surfing the web.

Newsflash: many people these days use their "cell phones" mainly for Facebook, Instagram, web browsing, etc... and do little in the way of making phone calls.

I don't even know when the last time was that I actually used my laptop to access the internet.


Thanks, Ric Romero.
 
2013-09-30 11:21:22 PM

Fade2black: Donnchadha: No, I don't.

I honestly don't know when the last time I received a useful text message was. There've been a couple system messages and wrong numbers -- and my phone is, uh, somewhere right now and I don't really care to get up to check.

You've introduced a new level of Hipster.  Congrats.


Gah, now it's too mainstream. I'm going to go text my BFF Jill now...
 
2013-09-30 11:22:06 PM
I had a pager back in the day.  A baby pager for the birth of my first son.  I developed the phantom vibrations way back in 1997.  Yay Motorola!

www.braddye.com
 
2013-09-30 11:23:28 PM

somemoron: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: lol at people posting "I don't even know where my phone is!" as they sit on their computer surfing the web.

Newsflash: many people these days use their "cell phones" mainly for Facebook, Instagram, web browsing, etc... and do little in the way of making phone calls.

I don't even know when the last time was that I actually used my laptop to access the internet.

Thanks, Ric Romero.


You're welcome, Maude
 
2013-09-30 11:23:59 PM

lewismarktwo: I have a cellphone but I hardly use it to talk to text so .. yeah I don't get phantom sensations.  I do however take it with me 'just in case'.


Mine spends most of its life in my car. On weekends I let it sit on the kitchen counter.
 
2013-09-30 11:24:05 PM
I went out to the post office today. Was gonna ping the bf to let him know about bringing him a drink, realized that I forgot my phone. Which is not unusual anymore. Ever since my mother canceled her cell phone, I have little need for it. Rather nice. If it wasn't for my lupus and the fact that I live so far from my... hell, anyone I have ever known, to be honest... I would cancel it. But I need something in case I go into an attack while out and about if I'm alone. It has happened before and scared the shiat out of me. Been a while, but I am cogent enough to know that the minute I don't have it is most likely when I will drive off into a ditch and no one will find me because I live in farking South Dakota.

/css I am sure
 
2013-09-30 11:24:55 PM
I use my phone to access the internet and text when I'm on the train on my way to work, etc., but my friends and family always act surprised when I actually answer it when they call because I'm notoriously bad about remembering to take it out of my purse and have a habit of leaving it on silent in whatever room I happen not to be in.   However, right now I'm waiting on a call about a new job, so during business hours this past week I've been an unusually obsessive and jittery cell phone owner.

/just call me damnit so I can go back to my old habits.
 
2013-09-30 11:25:20 PM
I wonder if this has to do with the monkey part of our brain that feels the need to get bugs off of our flesh.  Any evolutionary biologists in the house?  Ichthyologists?
 
JVD
2013-09-30 11:25:25 PM
I couldn't care less about my cell phone. Forgot the phone at home? I'll check it after work. Forgot my phone at work? Hopefully I remember to grab it tomorrow. Battery died? I'll charge it whenever, probably tomorrow, or the day after. Forgot to turn it off of airplane mode for 3 days? meh.

Apparently other people have a problem with my complete apathy towards mobile communication, I don't see the big deal.
 
2013-09-30 11:26:41 PM
Obvious tag on a call?
 
2013-09-30 11:27:49 PM

Omahawg: never owned one


Me, neither.

*high five*
 
2013-09-30 11:30:45 PM
True dat.

Glad to know I am not the only one...
 
2013-09-30 11:32:07 PM
If people are that dependent on a phone imagine how farked they'll be if they're constantly jacked into something like Google glass.
 
2013-09-30 11:32:09 PM
Bullshiat. Not on the article. On the headline.  Didn't rtfa.  I am not about to cry if I don't have my phone with me.  About once every other week or so I will forget it and leave for work without it.  I also leave it completely off most weekends.  This last weekend I went for a 2 night camping trip without it.  That said I am of an older generation that has enough of a level of self sufficiency that we don't think we are going to die if we don't have a phone.  I didn't have a cell phone until I was in my mid 30s and somehow lived just fine.  My grandparents somehow lived there entire lives without them. It constantly amazes me how folks get confused and think it is a necessity.  A few years ago the San Francisco police shut down cell service in bart stations to deal with some protest activity.  With all the crying and wailing that ensued you would have thought that they just banned water.  There are few things I need to live; air, water, food and shelter (depending on the climate).  A cell phone fits in none of those groups of things.
 
2013-09-30 11:32:19 PM
Been like 8 years since i had one, and the only time i ever miss it is when driving during snowstorms.
 
2013-09-30 11:33:11 PM

Confabulat: I never know where my phone is. I like it that way.


I was about to say this.  I'm always calling it to find where it went.  I sometimes talk on it, sometimes text, but mostly it's for playing music in my car.  I hardly ever talk on it because the only person I call with regularity is my husband...and he's not allowed to have any cell phone at work.  And if I have to browse the internet, I'd rather use my computer.
 
2013-09-30 11:34:41 PM
I live in the middle of nowhere and cell service is very spotty out here. I carry my phone for long drives and when I'm out woodcutting in case I have to alert an ambulance when (and if) I make it to the highway. Other than that, I don't need another ball and chain.
 
2013-09-30 11:35:03 PM

Ima4nic8or: A few years ago the San Francisco police shut down cell service in bart stations to deal with some protest activity.


There is spotty to no cell phone service in many subway stations in Chicago, it is funny to watch people get angry about it when they try and fail to connect.
 
2013-09-30 11:35:11 PM
If I don't have it on me I think that I lost it somewhere.  That's the only reason I may have anxiety.  That and the itching feeling that I may get into a car accident and have to track down a pay phone.
 
2013-09-30 11:35:35 PM

edmo: Heck, I don't even have an internet.


What's an internet and how would I know if I have one?
 
2013-09-30 11:36:27 PM
So either people have this very useful tool and they either become obsessed with it or they refuse to utilise it to show how awesome they are for not using it.

Christ, it's all about emotions with people, never about logic.
 
2013-09-30 11:38:39 PM
I've literally felt like an addicted grand ole arse when I KNOW I FELT an Important Vibrate, only to realize...it wuz all in me head! Nothing ever went off, and I checked it twenty ways, n all!
 
2013-09-30 11:41:55 PM
Chemist guy wins the thread.
 
2013-09-30 11:42:30 PM

Reek!: Obvious tag on a call?


This is like the textbook example of "it's not news, it's...".

JVD: I couldn't care less about my cell phone. Forgot the phone at home? I'll check it after work. Forgot my phone at work? Hopefully I remember to grab it tomorrow. Battery died? I'll charge it whenever, probably tomorrow, or the day after. Forgot to turn it off of airplane mode for 3 days? meh.

Apparently other people have a problem with my complete apathy towards mobile communication, I don't see the big deal.


I really couldn't care less.  But your sense of superiority bleeding around the edges of your post is kind of annoying.

I can deal without a phone, yes.  Quite easily (I think I had about a year long stretch 3 years back when I needed to save every penny, although I had Google Voice and a headset so I was kind of reachable). 

But it's a hell of a lot easier to read a text, read a voicemail transcribed to a text (I heart you, Google Voice forwarded to my phone), and read email when I get a chance to and reply on my own time.  I'd say it's actually more liberating than not having a phone, since I'm quite clear with friends/family/coworker that I'll get the message but unless it's an emergency they might have to sit tight a bit.  So they treat it like calling a land line and getting the answering machine for mundane stuff, but if the SO has a work accident or my mom is being rushed to the ER I don't have to worry.

Crazy, I know, right!
 
2013-09-30 11:46:20 PM

Confabulat: I never know where my phone is. I like it that way.


vudukungfu: You people are frikkin zombies.


Sgygus: Cell phone = electronic leash.


Donnchadha: No, I don't.

I honestly don't know when the last time I received a useful text message was. There've been a couple system messages and wrong numbers -- and my phone is, uh, somewhere right now and I don't really care to get up to check.


basemetal: What's this "We" shiat?

/You, maybe.........


Ambivalence: Not me. Half the time I forget the phone on the charger and my ringer is always off so I never answer it.


fusillade762: Same. I don't do texting. I have friends who send me texts for the sole reason that they know it annoys me. The only thing I use my cell for is to tell people I'm going to be late or ask them where they are. That's it.


bronyaur1: I am in my fifties.  I assure you that I feel very little anxiety if my phone hasn't buzzed in the last six hours.

And yes, I do have an iPhone 5, and am a douchebag.


Omahawg: never owned one


Huck And Molly Ziegler: Me, neither.

*high five*


JVD: I couldn't care less about my cell phone. Forgot the phone at home? I'll check it after work. Forgot my phone at work? Hopefully I remember to grab it tomorrow. Battery died? I'll charge it whenever, probably tomorrow, or the day after. Forgot to turn it off of airplane mode for 3 days? meh.

Apparently other people have a problem with my complete apathy towards mobile communication, I don't see the big deal.


Ima4nic8or: Bullshiat. Not on the article. On the headline.  Didn't rtfa.  I am not about to cry if I don't have my phone with me.  About once every other week or so I will forget it and leave for work without it.  I also leave it completely off most weekends.  This last weekend I went for a 2 night camping trip without it.  That said I am of an older generation that has enough of a level of self sufficiency that we don't think we are going to die if we don't have a phone.  I didn't have a cell phone until I was in my mid 30s and somehow lived just fine.  My grandparents somehow lived there entire lives without them. It constantly amazes me how folks get confused and think it is a necessity.  A few years ago the San Francisco police shut down cell service in bart stations to deal with some protest activity.  With all the crying and wailing that ensued you would have thought that they just banned water.  There are few things I need to live; air, water, food and shelter (depending on the climate).  A cell phone fits in none of those groups of things.


kidakita: I live in the middle of nowhere and cell service is very spotty out here. I carry my phone for long drives and when I'm out woodcutting in case I have to alert an ambulance when (and if) I make it to the highway. Other than that, I don't need another ball and chain.


awesomegifs.com
i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-09-30 11:46:24 PM
Oh yeah? I live in a cave!!

Do I win?
 
2013-09-30 11:48:31 PM
Wow the cool kids in the thread must not have anyone important on their lives. People who might be in car accidents or have some other emergency and might, you know, need them right away.

"Oh sorry you were in that accident and needed me to come pick you up, honey. I was too busy being cool to answer."
 
2013-09-30 11:49:20 PM
Sure, on occasion I wonder if the feeling next to my phone happened to be my phone, though this tends to happen while driving which is when my music is playing loud. If my phone is set to silent, such as while at work, or if I have airplane mode on, I never get those sensations. But I do get nervous when my phone is not on me or right next to me because this means I left my phone somewhere which I do not remember which may mean anywhere from forgot at work to fell out in the parking lot, the latter of which does not bode well.

"Something in your brain is being triggered that's different than what was triggered just a few short years ago," says Dr. Larry Rosen, a research psychologist who studies how technology affects our minds.

Uh... this is a product of selective attention. We process all manner of sensory data which we never attend to until we tell ourselves to attend to the data. We now have an object in our pockets which vibrate. Before, if something were to shift slightly around our pockets, this was nothing which was of concern to us. We condition ourselves for this all of the time.
 
2013-09-30 11:49:34 PM
My phone exists to allow me to contact my father and discuss just how awesome the Denver Broncos are. Damned geographic distance making it impractical to drive to watch the game with him.

/It's also there to mock my brother for his unfortunate decision to be a fan of the Chargers
//The boy ain't right
 
2013-09-30 11:49:48 PM
I was somewhat that way about my old Blackberry.   I've tried the iPhone 5, hated it.  Have a Motorola Maxx HD, still not thrilled with it. Touchscreen phones suck for typing.   So, as of late, I could care less.

As far as television goes, I dropped cable TV years ago and haven't missed it.  Weeks go by without me firing up the TV these days.  From what I hear from other people, I'm not missing much.
 
2013-09-30 11:51:14 PM

Ima4nic8or: This last weekend I went for a 2 night camping trip without it. That said I am of an older generation that has enough of a level of self sufficiency that we don't think we are going to die if we don't have a phone.


Oh, come on.  I'm on the older side of the young'uns.

1) We're often expected to be instantly reachable for work, or something close to it.  Whether that's fair or not you can debate later, but since most folks my age I know are really doing the job of 2 people there isn't always someone to answer the damn question while I'm at the doctor dealing with bronchitis.  That's cool you can not notice if you forget it.  Even if I didn't communicate with the SO who has an opposite work schedule from me 3-5 days a week, I'd be taking a risk with my job that I don't want to take.  As stupid as it is, that's how it goes.

2) Anyone, no matter what the age, who can't go on a camping trip without technology and stuff in general sucks.

But you know who the worse offenders are that I've seen the past 5 times I've gone camping?  The close to retirement age or just there folks, with the tricked out RVs or recreating home in a tent city.  And, on at least three occasions, trying desperately to get a TV signal after walking in circles trying to get cell reception.

On the plus side, I usually just hike past them on the way to my rustic site without any electricity.
 
2013-09-30 11:55:21 PM
I am slightly addicted to my phone, but I still can't ever find the damn thing.  Good thing I can call it from Google.
 
2013-09-30 11:56:36 PM

Sean M: As far as television goes, I dropped cable TV years ago and haven't missed it. Weeks go by without me firing up the TV these days. From what I hear from other people, I'm not missing much.


You can watch almost all of Breaking Bad on Netflix.  And if you're in Great Britain or you figure out a proxy, you can watch the last season too.

I've only paid for cable one year of my life.  My parents didn't get it 'til they sent the first kid (me) off to college.  I only watch what I want to watch (and between internet + library that will often buy requested items) I'm good.  Problem is that Netflix marathon watching is almost as bad as mindless channel surfing on the addiction level.  But at least I feel happy when I watch an awesome Netflix marathon I guess.
 
2013-09-30 11:57:28 PM
Holy sh*t I can't even comprehend the hipsterism in here.32 yr old male here, my phone is in my pocket or in my hand 100% of my day. I work in management and run a side business, and need to be contactable 24 hrs a day. Not to mention I have other normal humans both in my family and circle of friends who also all have cell phones, and to which is the main source of communication. Text, email, internet, phone, "apps". In order that's what I use it for the most. I do get phantom vibrations, but only once in a blue moon/bows out to let the lying posts continue
 
2013-09-30 11:57:54 PM
Well, at least I know I am not hypnotizable; I don't recall ever feeling either way.

/full disclosure: I've also never put my phone on vibrate, so never gotten accustomed to the sensation
 
2013-09-30 11:59:02 PM
Haha speaking of which, I posted that from my phone. And since fark seems to be coded like its never heard of cell phones, it formats it retardedly.
 
2013-09-30 11:59:41 PM
Have had an, (what feels like, implanted on my hip) electronic communtications device since 1983
Yes, I do know when it is not there, more so than when it is there
Ruled my life for decades
But I like new Tech Stuff
I have a computer in my pocket
Happy that I now have a postion that is only workweek hours and that my phone is only used for News, Fark and Porn
 
2013-10-01 12:00:46 AM
I instantly go into withdrawal if I go anywhere without my iPad. I can't even eat without at the same time reading news from like 15 news sites on the iPad.

OMG does WND crack me up.
 
2013-10-01 12:05:55 AM
Wow, lotta people upset that some people mentioned how they don't own cellphones.

Maybe deep down you fear we're amused by your cellphone 'addiction', or feel superior. But not to worry, we don't really laugh at you or feel superior to you very often.
 
2013-10-01 12:08:04 AM
That's funny...and totally true. I experience the "phantom" phone vibrations all the time. Which is why I always keep my phone in my underwear set on vibrate.
 
2013-10-01 12:08:23 AM

sure haven't: Holy sh*t I can't even comprehend the hipsterism in here.32 yr old male here, my phone is in my pocket or in my hand 100% of my day. I work in management and run a side business, and need to be contactable 24 hrs a day. Not to mention I have other normal humans both in my family and circle of friends who also all have cell phones, and to which is the main source of communication. Text, email, internet, phone, "apps". In order that's what I use it for the most. I do get phantom vibrations, but only once in a blue moon/bows out to let the lying posts continue


Well, maybe one day you'll be able to get a real job where you realize that you don't need to be "at work" 24/7 and can afford to turn the phone off.
 
2013-10-01 12:10:32 AM

sure haven't: Holy sh*t I can't even comprehend the hipsterism in here.32 yr old male here, my phone is in my pocket or in my hand 100% of my day. I work in management and run a side business, and need to be contactable 24 hrs a day. Not to mention I have other normal humans both in my family and circle of friends who also all have cell phones, and to which is the main source of communication. Text, email, internet, phone, "apps". In order that's what I use it for the most. I do get phantom vibrations, but only once in a blue moon/bows out to let the lying posts continue


Relax dude.  Take a sip of this tallboy Pabst and a huff of this nitrous.
 
2013-10-01 12:10:43 AM
y'all realize you can put your phone on silent or turn it off completely, yeah? typically i leave my phone on silent unless i am expecting an important call. otherwise i'll return a call at my leisure. granted, i am not on call 24/7 at my job, which is a legitimate concern.

bunch of luddite/hipster hybrids ITT. you're just as bad as that infamous photo with the hip dude using a typewriter in a public park.
 
2013-10-01 12:13:16 AM

Insurgent: y'all realize you can put your phone on silent or turn it off completely, yeah? typically i leave my phone on silent unless i am expecting an important call. otherwise i'll return a call at my leisure. granted, i am not on call 24/7 at my job, which is a legitimate concern.


I am not often expecting an important call, but rather an important call for me is an emergency, which are notoriously hard to expect.
 
2013-10-01 12:14:10 AM

vudukungfu: You people are frikkin zombies.


I know where I came from, but where did the rest of you come from/
 
2013-10-01 12:15:03 AM

Vangor: Insurgent: y'all realize you can put your phone on silent or turn it off completely, yeah? typically i leave my phone on silent unless i am expecting an important call. otherwise i'll return a call at my leisure. granted, i am not on call 24/7 at my job, which is a legitimate concern.

I am not often expecting an important call, but rather an important call for me is an emergency, which are notoriously hard to expect.


again, a legit concern, but that's work so it's different. i just think taking pride in not owning/using a mobile phone is really, really silly.
 
2013-10-01 12:15:40 AM
or a family emergency. point stands
 
2013-10-01 12:16:26 AM

The Goddamn Batman: Wow the cool kids in the thread must not have anyone important on their lives.


That is EXACTLY the reason. I don't have enough friends and/or people who need me, and only me, right that second, to justify what I perceive would be the cost and the hassle of possessing a cell phone.
 
2013-10-01 12:16:46 AM
My phone and my truck are intricate parts of my lively hood. I feel weird any time I don't have my phone or my keys on me.
 
2013-10-01 12:17:54 AM
My cell makes this peculiar little 'glink' noise for incoming texts...
And yeah, sometimes i think i've heard it, even when it didn't go off... especially when i'm expecting either my better-half or another friend to touch-base with me.

Guess that would make it a case of 'wishful glinking' on my part?!

/i'll be here all week...
//don't forget to tip your servers!
//try the slashie veal!
 
2013-10-01 12:20:13 AM
I have a friend from college who is great in a school or work setting, but when he's not punished for it he lives and dies by his farking facebook and texting.  I have pretty much phased him out of my social circle because of it.  Christ, what an asshole.  I think it's petty and sad to seek interaction from others when people are trying to spend time with you.  Why not pay attention to someone for a period of time, then pay attention to someone else?  It's common courtesy, plain and simple.

I once heard about a dining out game where everyone stacks their phone on the table and the first one who has to grab theirs pays for everyone.  He never agrees to play.
 
2013-10-01 12:20:49 AM

Insurgent: y'all realize you can put your phone on silent or turn it off completely, yeah? typically i leave my phone on silent unless i am expecting an important call. otherwise i'll return a call at my leisure. granted, i am not on call 24/7 at my job, which is a legitimate concern.

bunch of luddite/hipster hybrids ITT. you're just as bad as that infamous photo with the hip dude using a typewriter in a public park.


I took advantage of the smart settings on my android to set the phone to vibrate automatically when I'm at home or work. It's nice to be able to set it not to bother you when you have other things to do.
 
2013-10-01 12:24:17 AM
I get upset when telemarketers call my alarm clock.

/yes I'm on the do not call list.
 
2013-10-01 12:30:00 AM
Won't someone think of the children?

//and get them cell phones so we can reach them at all times
 
2013-10-01 12:30:15 AM

sure haven't: I work in management and run a side business, and need to be contactable 24 hrs a day.



Are you paid 24 hours a day? No? Then you don't "need" to be contactable 24/7.

I do have (and use) a personal cell phone, but my employers only get the number to my google voice box, and if they do insist on me having a cell phone, they pay for it, and it gets turned off when my shift ends.

Sure, I do get in occasional arguments when some noob can't figure out the coffee maker and decides that the network engineer is the person to call, but otherwise I'm completely free from my job on weekends and holidays.
 
2013-10-01 12:31:35 AM
No phone since the 90's but I do have an iPod Touch that I have come to treat like a phone, just no monthly bill attached. Work, home, or most other places have wifi these days which is enough for me. Never had any phantom vibrations though because the iPod doesn't vibrate.
 
2013-10-01 12:36:15 AM
I work in a hospital and carry a pager on my right hip when I'm on duty. I have felt phantom pager vibrations for years. I thought I was the only one.  ....sniff....
 
2013-10-01 12:41:25 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Ima4nic8or: This last weekend I went for a 2 night camping trip without it. That said I am of an older generation that has enough of a level of self sufficiency that we don't think we are going to die if we don't have a phone.

Oh, come on.  I'm on the older side of the young'uns.

1) We're often expected to be instantly reachable for work, or something close to it.  Whether that's fair or not you can debate later, but since most folks my age I know are really doing the job of 2 people there isn't always someone to answer the damn question while I'm at the doctor dealing with bronchitis.  That's cool you can not notice if you forget it.  Even if I didn't communicate with the SO who has an opposite work schedule from me 3-5 days a week, I'd be taking a risk with my job that I don't want to take.  As stupid as it is, that's how it goes.

2) Anyone, no matter what the age, who can't go on a camping trip without technology and stuff in general sucks.

But you know who the worse offenders are that I've seen the past 5 times I've gone camping?  The close to retirement age or just there folks, with the tricked out RVs or recreating home in a tent city.  And, on at least three occasions, trying desperately to get a TV signal after walking in circles trying to get cell reception.

On the plus side, I usually just hike past them on the way to my rustic site without any electricity.


You are preaching to the choir regarding the folks in the tricked out RVs. I don't get the point.  If you are going to bring all your shiat why not just stay home? While my family and I were trying to get to sleep in our tent at 11 at night in the otherwise silent Sierra mountains two ass clowns rolled into the campground in separate truck/trailer combos.  We had to listen to 10 minutes of each of them arguing with their wives over how to back into the spot and another 20 minutes of all sorts of clanging and banging as they set up all sorts of who knows what.  I suspect us tenters actually have less work to set up our sites.  We are certainly less noisy.

The funny thing is that the ass clowns left first thing in the morning.  Something that really befuddled me.  They had zero time to actually enjoy or explore the area before they moved on like bunch of roaches scurrying when the lights come on.
 
2013-10-01 12:43:33 AM
I always know where my phone is, but I hardly care enough to answer unless it seems like important work. Friends get annoyed but meh, I dont want to be tied to conversation unless we're facing each other.
 
2013-10-01 12:45:05 AM
Hahahaha. Talk about 1st World 'problems' ... Hahahahaha ...
 
2013-10-01 12:46:12 AM
That's how I feel with whiskey.
 
2013-10-01 01:11:39 AM
I get the phantom vibrations occasionally (fairly rare, actually). But I'm not one of those people who is tethered to his phone.  I just assumed it was some natural thing that now reminds me of my cell phone.
 
2013-10-01 01:20:02 AM
I think there is a bigger problem with people that get upset when they can not get instantly touch  with you, they call or text and expect a response in a certain amount of time and get anxious and put too much thought in to why there is not a response
 
2013-10-01 01:22:28 AM

the ha ha guy: Are you paid 24 hours a day? No? Then you don't "need" to be contactable 24/7.


When I was growing up, the company my Dad worked for was failing.  They got bought out by a French company, but he had seen 2 bosses laid off above him and was doing the work of 2-3 people.

It's the summer at this point, and I ask him if he gets 4th of July off for our family's annual out of state fireworks extravaganza (that the police even enjoy, so my uncle has gone decades doing this in a residential neighborhood without a single ticket, pretty badass).  Nope.  Well... French company, Bastille Day?  Nope.  And when he came home late every day that summer, I asked if he got compensated for the crazy extra hours.  He said he got paid by keeping his job.  And he was skilled as hell - grew up in poverty, put himself through the best school in the state and then a MBA - but he knew from coworkers searching that there wasn't anything else to be had then.

He's got a better job now, but In This Economy kids with degrees searching desperately for work are a f--king dime a dozen.  You know you can be replaced, and you know what it's like if you leave.  My Dad weathered through it til things picked up and headhunters started contacting him.  Again, less likely to happen if you're less than 5 years out of school.

So you keep your goddamn phone on you.  And make extensive delegations and contingency preparations if you're going to be cut off.  And if that's *all* you have to do, congrats.
 
2013-10-01 01:25:09 AM

WillofJ2: I think there is a bigger problem with people that get upset when they can not get instantly touch  with you, they call or text and expect a response in a certain amount of time and get anxious and put too much thought in to why there is not a response


my phone's got a camera, it's built right in
but it's hard to keep the dirt and grease off the lens
the last time you were happy since so long ago now
i tried to take a picture but it didn't come out

and the messages sent are almost as blurred
my cryptic printstyles dials to songs no one's heard
if we keep this up, things will never get better
when we disagree we fight in capital letters

I have to type eleven numbers into my cel phone
Just to make it spell 'love'
So I usually don't
And it takes up fifteen digits to spell out 'goodbye'
But if I leave out the 'good' I can save us some time
55566688833

my throat's a little sore after last night's events
you were somewhere doing something
I was out with my friends
You wrote just to ask if I was having fun
and I guess I didn't text you back quite fast enough
So when I got home you were awake in the den
There were tears in your eyes, the lights were dimmed
I turned off my phone, you did the same
And we fought face-to-face like it was the 90s again

I have to type eleven numbers into my cel phone
Just to make it spell 'love'
So I usually don't
And it takes up fifteen digits to spell out 'goodbye'
But if I leave out the 'good' I can save us some time
(x2)
55566688833

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN1wLod8VKk

james figurine - 55566688833
 
2013-10-01 01:26:34 AM

WillofJ2: I think there is a bigger problem with people that get upset when they can not get instantly touch  with you, they call or text and expect a response in a certain amount of time and get anxious and put too much thought in to why there is not a response


Honestly?  Just straight up tell them.  The biggest offenders, anyway.  Had to go kind of tough love with my Mom as far as that went, but I have more breathing room now.  Well, now she'll follow up the one call immediately following the other (because I missed that first one?) with a ticked off email, but at least it's not 5 calls and then trying the SO if I don't respond in an hour.

Progress.

I love Google Voice transcribing voicemails straight to text message.  It makes filtering "is this a "Godmother in the ER" call, or "I decided I need to ask you this very second if you're coming home for a baptism in 5 weeks" call so much easier.
 
2013-10-01 01:27:21 AM

WillofJ2: I think there is a bigger problem with people that get upset when they can not get instantly touch  with you, they call or text and expect a response in a certain amount of time and get anxious and put too much thought in to why there is not a response


I'm so old,

HOW OLD ARE YOU?!

I'm so old, that I remember when people didn't expect you to call them back until after you came home and had time to check the answering machine.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
2013-10-01 01:34:30 AM

Ima4nic8or: You are preaching to the choir regarding the folks in the tricked out RVs. I don't get the point. If you are going to bring all your shiat why not just stay home? While my family and I were trying to get to sleep in our tent at 11 at night in the otherwise silent Sierra mountains two ass clowns rolled into the campground in separate truck/trailer combos. We had to listen to 10 minutes of each of them arguing with their wives over how to back into the spot and another 20 minutes of all sorts of clanging and banging as they set up all sorts of who knows what. I suspect us tenters actually have less work to set up our sites. We are certainly less noisy.

The funny thing is that the ass clowns left first thing in the morning. Something that really befuddled me. They had zero time to actually enjoy or explore the area before they moved on like bunch of roaches scurrying when the lights come on.


My guess?  They might've just been going fishing/hunting and it was less camping and more of a place to crash on the way to what they were doing.

Still, as a Older Young Person who has set up camp very late before, and often only got around to cooking dinner while everyone was pretty damn drunk... the lack of consideration boggles my mind.  Last time I went out we, again, were pretty drunk but the second anyone got too loud (pretty much the younger, born and raised city friend of ours) *everyone* started shushing him up while keeping an eye to see if the folks on the nearest site were stirring.

But as far as tent vs RV noise, you're totally right.  I can set mine up silently in the dark, and it's just a matter of knowing where my sleeping bag/sleeping pad/tent are before I get out of the car (or in my pack, but if there are RVs there I drove up).  Clanging around to find/set up sh-t just sounds so much louder with car doors open, I think, then when you're ostensibly in a walled room (but you're not really).
 
2013-10-01 01:34:35 AM

tetsoushima: I wonder if this has to do with the monkey part of our brain that feels the need to get bugs off of our flesh.  Any evolutionary biologists in the house?  Ichthyologists?


Ichthyologists = fish scientists. Do you mean entomologists (bug scientists)?
 
2013-10-01 01:34:38 AM

Notabunny: WillofJ2: I think there is a bigger problem with people that get upset when they can not get instantly touch  with you, they call or text and expect a response in a certain amount of time and get anxious and put too much thought in to why there is not a response

I'm so old,

HOW OLD ARE YOU?!

I'm so old, that I remember when people didn't expect you to call them back until after you came home and had time to check the answering machine.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!


30, and the biggest people I have problems with are my parents (mom mainly) and family, I have grown to hate having my phone on me and I leave it off at work and everyone acts like I am insane, and personally I am tired of other people at work constantly on their phones texting and other things on their phones while patients have things that need to be done
 
2013-10-01 01:35:39 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: WillofJ2: I think there is a bigger problem with people that get upset when they can not get instantly touch  with you, they call or text and expect a response in a certain amount of time and get anxious and put too much thought in to why there is not a response

Honestly?  Just straight up tell them.  The biggest offenders, anyway.  Had to go kind of tough love with my Mom as far as that went, but I have more breathing room now.  Well, now she'll follow up the one call immediately following the other (because I missed that first one?) with a ticked off email, but at least it's not 5 calls and then trying the SO if I don't respond in an hour.

Progress.

I love Google Voice transcribing voicemails straight to text message.  It makes filtering "is this a "Godmother in the ER" call, or "I decided I need to ask you this very second if you're coming home for a baptism in 5 weeks" call so much easier.


What is this google voice thing? I have a galaxy s3 is this message thing something I can use?
 
2013-10-01 01:49:10 AM
I din't read the article, but it's a fact.  I used to drive thousands of miles a year with nothing except the chance of a passing care rendering service if I broke down.  Now, I can't drive to town without that sense of panic if I realize I've left it at home, and I don't even have a "smart" phone.
 
2013-10-01 01:50:08 AM

WillofJ2: What is this google voice thing? I have a galaxy s3 is this message thing something I can use?


I also have a Galaxy S3 and use Google Voice. Google voice forwards calls/texts/voicemails to your cell transparently. I give my Google # to people that I don't necessarily want knowing my real number. At least that's one use for it. Heh.
 
2013-10-01 01:55:38 AM
I'm another in the "I rarely use a cell phone" crowd.
Not because I don't want to, but because I can't afford to get a nice smartphone, so I'm still using my old Razr from 2005, which dies if it rings...

No phantom vibrations though, since It's always on silent!
 
2013-10-01 02:01:43 AM
That must be the "Royal We"..Some of us don't have cell phones..
 
2013-10-01 02:52:59 AM
funny I feel a lot better why load stone isn't with me
 
2013-10-01 03:16:49 AM
It is a convenience, not an obligation.
 
2013-10-01 05:00:21 AM

Anastacya: I went out to the post office today. Was gonna ping the bf to let him know about bringing him a drink, realized that I forgot my phone. Which is not unusual anymore. Ever since my mother canceled her cell phone, I have little need for it. Rather nice. If it wasn't for my lupus and the fact that I live so far from my... hell, anyone I have ever known, to be honest... I would cancel it. But I need something in case I go into an attack while out and about if I'm alone. It has happened before and scared the shiat out of me. Been a while, but I am cogent enough to know that the minute I don't have it is most likely when I will drive off into a ditch and no one will find me because I live in farking South Dakota.

/css I am sure


CSS.  Wanna fark?
 
2013-10-01 05:24:32 AM
Don't you just hate it when they have a cellphone ring in a commercial on the radio when you are driving? And it's your ring tone. And you almost get in a wreck, answering your phone that's NOT ringing?

Sent from my hospital bed,
 
2013-10-01 05:57:57 AM
For Valerie Kusler, who works on a 2,200-acre cattle ranch, the sensation is complicated by the cows. "The cows' moo is very muffled, it kinda sounds like ... errrrrr," she says. "So that's very similar to what my phone sounds like when it vibrates on my desk or in my purse."

s24.postimg.org
That explains it.
 
2013-10-01 06:03:26 AM
When I miss a call from my Dad, he'll often berate me for not answering, as if it's my right to. I then explain it's my right to, or not answer. I explain that I own the phone, pay the bill, and if
I don't wanna answer, it's my right. Youcan almost hear him bind up like Sheldon when presented with and irrefutible argument.
He does have a concept of free will, but belieces it only applies to him.
 
2013-10-01 06:10:55 AM

tuna fingers: I had a pager back in the day.  A baby pager for the birth of my first son.  I developed the phantom vibrations way back in 1997.  Yay Motorola!

[www.braddye.com image 320x255]


1984 for me. Weird!
 
2013-10-01 06:25:55 AM
I have a custom vibe pattern set for my wife that is fairly distinct (five buzzes of varying lengths).

I've had the phantom buzz before but yesterday evening, I felt her buzz pattern while she was sitting next to me and the phone was on the arm of the chair.

So I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2013-10-01 06:43:19 AM
This is ground breaking news!

/ 5 years ago
 
2013-10-01 07:21:12 AM

Donnchadha: Well, maybe one day you'll be able to get a real job where you realize that you don't need to be "at work" 24/7 and can afford to turn the phone off.


Why would I turn it off? Did you miss the part where I also said it's the main method I use to keep in touch with family and friends?

Also, when did I say I disliked what I do? I probably made it sound worse than it is. I do need it on me at all times, but I thoroughly enjoy my day-to-day.

Best of luck in your life, maybe one day you'll be happy enough where you don't have to be snarky on an anonymous website.
 
2013-10-01 08:07:16 AM
my cell phone is a crappy little flip phone and its about four years old.  i forget to charge it because i use it so rarely, so half the time its dead.  i make about 6 phone calls a month and that's all i use it for.

i sort of want to upgrade to a smartphone, but they want an extra 30 bucks a month for the minimum data plan and i refuse to pay that much.
 
2013-10-01 08:09:42 AM
The phantom vibrations cease eventually. I used to wear a pager in the 90s for work and would get the phantom vibrations for a few years after I stopped carrying it, I'm guessing about five years. I used to carry it in that little jeans pocket above the right-hand front pocket, that way it was firmly against me and I didn't have to rely on hearing it but just had to feel the vibration - it was a noisy work environment.
So it's probably due to me not carrying one that it's ended, the only other factor is that I no longer have a stressful job that demands I wear one, not sure if that's made me more relaxed and jumpy.
 
2013-10-01 08:32:57 AM

ornithopter: tetsoushima: I wonder if this has to do with the monkey part of our brain that feels the need to get bugs off of our flesh.  Any evolutionary biologists in the house?  Ichthyologists?

Ichthyologists = fish scientists. Do you mean entomologists (bug scientists)?


timpyles.files.wordpress.com

For the record, I made the first Farside reference in this thread.
 
2013-10-01 09:07:36 AM
I just got rid of my cell phone and I'm doing just fine. If there's one human invention that I could erase from history forever, cell phones would be it.

/old and crotchety
//not really
///get off my lawn anyway
 
2013-10-01 09:20:08 AM
Grew up with a party line (shared line with the neighbor) on the wall of the house.  Therefore people knew it was flat out rude to call every ten minutes, or after 9:00 pm disturbing several families.

Tech has obviously changed, but I still have no desire to have every impulsive thought shared among my friends and family.  It's easy, I've trained my family not to text me by flat out not responding to brainless texts.  I'll glance at the phone about as often as I check my email, once or twice per day.

When we talk in person we have deep meaningful conversations in which we have news to share with each other.  I prefer this to a running commentary.
 
2013-10-01 09:51:15 AM
In America, you've know you've 'made it' when you no longer have the need or necessity to carry a cell phone around all the time.

that is True Freedom.


CallCentric.
 
2013-10-01 09:52:44 AM
Cell Phone = Dog leash.


ain't Freedom great!
 
2013-10-01 11:03:31 AM

Ima4nic8or: The funny thing is that the ass clowns left first thing in the morning.  Something that really befuddled me.  They had zero time to actually enjoy or explore the area before they moved on like bunch of roaches scurrying when the lights come on


CSB/ I was camping up on the cape with a lady friend, and two Quebecouis roll in @ 3 AM.
They are flaming gay, and thrashing about in the dark, and finally, I hear them say in French, Screw this, we're going to a hotel. And they leave.
I get up at dawn, and they have tossed out a brand new tent, identical to mine, and a cooler with enough food and beer for a weekend.
So hey, free tent and food.
End CSB.
 
2013-10-01 11:16:52 AM
The only thing I can't stand about phones now is texting. It's useful if you want to send one message at a time to each other over a span of time but this thing of having entire conversations via texting is for the birds unless you're at a funeral or something.
 
2013-10-01 11:30:47 AM
Okay, yes... I admit it. I've felt "phantom vibrations" from my phone, only to realize it's not in my pocket.

I just chalked it up to getting old age tremors or something. Nerve damage. Twitchy jeans. I dunno.

So this is a thing?
 
2013-10-01 11:31:27 AM

Pick: Don't you just hate it when they have a cellphone ring in a commercial on the radio when you are driving? And it's your ring tone. And you almost get in a wreck, answering your phone that's NOT ringing?

Sent from my hospital bed,


I hate it more when a song has a police siren in it, and I happen to listen to it in my car.
 
2013-10-01 11:42:14 AM
Solution...

walyou.com
 
2013-10-01 12:10:35 PM

basemetal: What's this "We" shiat?

/You, maybe.........


This
 
2013-10-01 12:29:52 PM

sure haven't: maybe one day you'll be happy enough where you don't have to be snarky on an anonymous website.


d2gbom735ivs5c.cloudfront.net
 
2013-10-01 12:39:19 PM

sure haven't: Donnchadha: Well, maybe one day you'll be able to get a real job where you realize that you don't need to be "at work" 24/7 and can afford to turn the phone off.

Why would I turn it off? Did you miss the part where I also said it's the main method I use to keep in touch with family and friends?

Also, when did I say I disliked what I do? I probably made it sound worse than it is. I do need it on me at all times, but I thoroughly enjoy my day-to-day.

Best of luck in your life, maybe one day you'll be happy enough where you don't have to be snarky on an anonymous website.


firedaily.com
 
2013-10-01 01:14:05 PM

the ha ha guy: sure haven't: I work in management and run a side business, and need to be contactable 24 hrs a day.


Are you paid 24 hours a day? No? Then you don't "need" to be contactable 24/7.

I do have (and use) a personal cell phone, but my employers only get the number to my google voice box, and if they do insist on me having a cell phone, they pay for it, and it gets turned off when my shift ends.

Sure, I do get in occasional arguments when some noob can't figure out the coffee maker and decides that the network engineer is the person to call, but otherwise I'm completely free from my job on weekends and holidays.


"Exempt" employees (such as myself) who are employed in a managerial capacity can often be required to be contactable 24/7. Legally (and yes I have researched this as well as spoken to a labor attorney - who happens to be a friend) my company does not need to compensate me for my 24/7 coverage beyond my agreed upon salary. Of course, knowing what you are getting into in a situation such as this you should be savvy enough to negotiate a wage that compensates appropriately for job expectations. Given my annual salary and benefits I don't kvetch about the occasional calls I get.

Obviously, in the IT field, the ball could go either way depending on state laws as well as the arrangement and status that have been declared by the employer/employee so as in many things mileage can vary....
 
2013-10-01 01:19:22 PM
I haven't used the ringer on my phone in a decade (other then when I'm sleeping and need to it on just in case). I have had phantom leg vibrations in my right side for a few years now. I even get them when I'm not carrying my phone. Kind of annoying really. As for being obsessive about looking at my phone? 100% guilty. My job has required me to be 24/7 on-call for about 10 years now and as such I'm always reading emails, checking texts, etc. A few weeks ago I wanted to see how often I looked at my phone so I consciously made note every time I did it for a day and it was kind of sick how impulsive it was. Now I make an effort to set times (when not at work) that I will scan emails and try to avoid the cell as much as I can get away with.
 
2013-10-01 02:54:04 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: He's got a better job now, but In This Economy kids with degrees searching desperately for work are a f--king dime a dozen.  You know you can be replaced, and you know what it's like if you leave.  My Dad weathered through it til things picked up and headhunters started contacting him.  Again, less likely to happen if you're less than 5 years out of school.



If you've made it to the wage negotiation stage, chances are they're going to hire you whether you have a 24/7 leash or not. All you have to do is determine your on-call hours, ask them to provide the phone, and you're all set. If they refuse to do even that much for you, chances are they're just going to replace you with a cheaper employee in a few weeks anyway.
 
2013-10-01 03:40:57 PM

MechaPyx: If people are that dependent on a phone imagine how farked they'll be if they're constantly jacked into something like Google glass.


Actually with Glass I can quickly look up at a notification/text/email and deem it not important instead of having to previously dig out my phone to check.
 
2013-10-01 08:58:07 PM
"Phantom Vibrations" are nothing more than nerve reactions to stimulus. More often than not, it's a case of an object rubbing against near-surface bones, around the collarbone or the hip bone, or in more sensitive-to-touch areas like the crook of the inner thigh. It happens to everyone pretty much all the time, however, if we feel something ACTUALLY vibrating there(I.E. a phone in the pocket or a bluetooth neck-worn headset), it programs us to be aware of that particular nerve twitch response, and to assign to it, in our minds, that that means a phone is ringing. Simply put, we've always felt them, our brains have just never had an interpreting assignment for them.
 
2013-10-01 09:19:30 PM
Got a tech support request at 5pm. It's currently 6. I might respond tonight... might.

/Guy sounds really desperate
//Phone in pants pocket
///Not wearing them
 
2013-10-02 10:29:39 AM

vharshyde: "Phantom Vibrations" are nothing more than nerve reactions to stimulus. More often than not, it's a case of an object rubbing against near-surface bones, around the collarbone or the hip bone, or in more sensitive-to-touch areas like the crook of the inner thigh. It happens to everyone pretty much all the time, however, if we feel something ACTUALLY vibrating there(I.E. a phone in the pocket or a bluetooth neck-worn headset), it programs us to be aware of that particular nerve twitch response, and to assign to it, in our minds, that that means a phone is ringing. Simply put, we've always felt them, our brains have just never had an interpreting assignment for them.


So if I rub enough on a sensitive spot eventually it will start stimulating itself? Bullshiate!
 
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