How Obsessed Can You Be?

(Telegraph) Obsessive smart phone users hear ‘phantom vibrations’

By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent 6:30AM GMT 12 Jan 2012

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.

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