MKOZAQ Engineer's Log

Notifications bubbles and phantom vibration syndrome

I came across this on the internet:

Phantom vibration syndrome or phantom ringing syndrome is the perception that one's mobile phone is vibrating or ringing when it is not. - Wikipedia

It reminded me how much I hate notifications or, more precisely, bubbles. Because I care about my sanity, and it's pointless to be notified about every little thing every minute, I receive instant notifications just for messages and emails. For anything else, it's not so important to be disturbed.

I'm using my phone extensively every day. I check Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Telegram and news websites periodically, but my life routine doesn't depend on receiving instant notifications from all these apps. I have ultimate control of when I take a break from work to see what's happening on the internet.

Because in the end, all of these notifications lead to this:

It has been suggested that, when anticipating a phone call, the cerebral cortex may misinterpret other sensory inputs (such as muscle contractions, pressure from clothing, or music) as a phone vibration or ring tone. This may be understood as a human signal detection issue, with potentially significant influences from psychological attributes.