Pareidolia in Your Pocket

Virtually everyone who carries a cellphone with a vibrating mode in that handy pocket regularly experiences "phantom phone vibrations"(estimates are as high as 90%). Also called, a little frivolously, "ring-xiety", "hypovibrochondria", and "fauxcellarm", the phenomenon has been the subject of considerable speculation for several years.  Apparently, too, the syndrome is at its highest amongst the younger crowd–including IB students--and amongst those who have an emotional connection with the use of their cell phone. It is a striking reminder that pareidolia—the inclination ...