Guilty as charged, I think. If you haven’t heard of it, there’s an epidemic slowly sweeping all of us over called “Phantom Ring Syndrome” or even “Phantom Vibration Syndrome”. This is when we think we hear our BlackBerry device going off when it’s actually just laying there stagnant.
Well, a post over at HowardForums has planted the seed of another syndrome, this one having to do with your status light: Phantom Status Light Syndome.
Imagine, for a moment, that you’re sitting somewhere… home, work, car… and you’re not looking directly at your BlackBerry. Then, out of the corner of your eye, in your peripheral vision, you see the status light on your 8700 (or your 8100 or 8800, for that matter) blink. And you just KNOW it was RED! There’s no doubt in your mind! You’ve got a new message!
Excited at the prospect of your new message, you reach for your phone. But when you pick up your beloved CrackBerry, there are no new message alerts showing on the screen. Looking directly at the culprit (i.e. the status light) now, you see that it is blinking away in the usual GREEN (or BLUE if you have your Bluetooth accessory connected to your BB), rather than the red you were expecting.
Seriously, has this ever happened to anyone? Like I said – I think I might be a sufferer. I often have to stare down my BlackBerry for a few seconds just to be sure I saw a green/red/whatever light. It’s hard having a staring contest with an inanimate object, by the way. Tell me your stories.