A few years back I started to carry around my iPhone in my front jeans pocket. Before this I would lay down my phone pretty much anywhere. But when I was selling my first house I felt the need to have my phone on me at all times (yes, even in the loo), and so a new habit was born.
The iPhone (the 5s is the model I currently use) slips perfectly into that pocket and rests snug against my leg, whether I’m sat or stood, walking or driving.
Around the same time, a second habit kicked in – that of setting the ringer to silent-with-vibration. This meant that, although the vibration could be heard, it wasn’t so jarring for my colleagues as a sudden snarling-into-life of an obnoxious ringtone.
So, every now and then I will feel a little vibration on my leg. This little tickle tells me that, either I have a message (which is usually a nice thing and probably gives me a little dopamine kick, but that’s a topic for a different blog post), a notification of a sporting ilk, or a reminder to breathe, or any number of myriad little informational shout outs.
The problem I have is that I am now experiencing ‘phantom’ vibrations on my leg. I get that feeling without there actually being a vibration – especially when I am expecting a message or call. It’s unnerving at times. I end up taking my phone out of my pocket several times a day only to see that the screen is blank. There is no notification. Nothing, Just my brain playing tricks with my leg!
Does anyone else out there get this? If I had to guess I would say that it’s happened to most people who carry their communication device close to their skin.
First world problems, huh?