Phantom Phone Signals in youths: Prevalence, correlates and relation to psychopathology

Simone Pisano, Pietro Muratori, Vincenzo Paolo Senese, Chiara Gorga, Margherita Siciliano, Marco Carotenuto, Raffaella Iuliano, Carmela Bravaccio, Simona Signoriello, Antonella Gritti, Antonio Pascotto, Gennaro Catone

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The term Phantom Phone Signals (PPS) refers to the perception of a mobile phone ringing, vibrating and blinking when in fact it did not. Data in youth are lacking, and controversies exist on whether PPS is related to psychopathology. In the present study, we showed data on the prevalence of PPS in a population (N = 2959) of students aged 10 to 14 years. We also explored the possible association between PPS and emotional or behavioural problems. Our results showed that PPS is a relatively common phenomenon with a prevalence rate of 58.9%, being more frequent in females. In univariate and multivariate analyses, we also found an association between the presence of PPS and emotional problems and temper tantrums, after accounting for relevant covariates. PPS is a relevant phenomenon to be considered in youth. It is common and may be a signal for emotional problems.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0210095
JournalPLoS One
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 17 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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