A New York Magazine writer today coined a new term–phone alarm stress disorder–and we’d like to see the symptoms added to doctors’ handbooks, please (or at the very least to WebMD).
Most people who use the alarm clock function on their phones have experienced PASD at least once. It’s the phenomenon that occurs when you hear the sound you’ve selected as your alarm, but during regular waking hours, being used as some sadist’s regular ring tone.
Really, why do so many people use the iPhone’s default alarm tone as their ringers? Have they no concern for those around them?
NYMag‘s Maureen O’Connor notes that the nervous rage accompanying the disorder may result in “confused panic, uncontrollable rage, adrenaline rushes, and arm spasms as muscle memory compels you to reach for a nonexistent nightstand.”
She notes PASD is “really annoying,” and posits it may be exacerbated by the fact that we hear our phone alarms while we’re in both unconscious and conscious states. No, the disorder doesn’t appear to actually exist–but it sounds legit, right?
Of course, another solution would be for grown-ass men and women to stop keeping their phones on loud when they’re in public–but we know that’s asking too much.