Thursday, June 01, 2006


This morning on my way to work, I was listening to the normal chatter on the radio. The topic they had brought up was "ringxiety".

What the heck is ringxiety? Apparently, when hearing a faint, discernible sound in a certain sound frequency range, that person mistakens it for their cell phone ringing when it is not. A "phantom" ring, so to speak.

This is apparently a widespread phenomenon, according to this NY Times article. Because many people's lives are centred around their cell phones, they automatically make this connection in their brain. Makes sense.

What is surprising (or sad, depends on how you want to look at it), is that when they hear this "phantom" ring and discover that their cell wasn't really ringing, it affects their feelings self-worth and popularity.

This coined-phrase has already made it's way around the Internet at its normal lightening-speed. It's in at least one online slang dictionary, go figure.

Fortunately for me I don't think I'll every suffer from ringxiety. The majority of my calls are from hubby (who usually is calling to ask for an opinion or if I need something at the mall) or my mother. Or maybe I'm just not popular enough.

1 comment:

IT Plumber/Janitor said...

After working as a phone monkey for so long, I hate phones. I have always found it amusing when a cell phone goes off in semi crowded place and everyone start looking for their phones.