Why Do People Feel Phantom Cellphone Vibrations?
Stashed in: Multitasking
In one study into the phenomenon – variously dubbed “phantom ringing,” “phantom vibration syndrome” and vibranxiety – phantom phone vibrations were experienced by 68% of the people surveyed, with 87% of those feeling them weekly, and 13% daily.
It's a symptom of multitasking:
Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University offers a different idea in his book, iDisorder. He says that since we’re almost always anticipating some sort of technological interaction, especially with our smartphones, we inevitably interpret some unrelated stimuli, like our pants rubbing against our leg or a chair dragging against the floor, as a phone call.