That moment of frantically frisking yourself for a non-existent phone call has a name. According to Computers in Human Behavior, 89 percent of us experience “phantom vibration syndrome.”
The sensation of your jeans rubbing together, for example, causes tiny vibrations that your nervous system has adapted to recognise as being produced by a phone, says neuroscientist Sliman Bensmaia.
If it’s instilled in you that missed calls mean hell at work, this triggers a stress response.
But it’s nothing a bit of mental rewiring can’t fix. Turn off your voicemail, so you don’t feel you have to dive before it diverts, and train yourself to ignore any random bleeps and buzzes.
Think of it as switching your concerns to silent.