Is that your leg buzzing or are you just going into isolational shock?

Phantom leg buzzing syndrome attacks millions of Americans every day and for just 56 cents a day — the price of a cup of coffee, you can make a difference. Meh. Not really, but you know know what it is — that odd feeling that your phone or Blackberry is going off when you know it isn’t.

If your hipbone is connected to your BlackBerry or your thighbone is connected to your cell phone, those vibrations you’re feeling in the car, in your pajamas, in the shower, may be coming from your headbone.

Ha! Essentially, the story is all about phantom buzzing even when your phone is quietly charging elsewhere in the house. Interestingly enough, this feeling stems from our feelings of insecurity. It seems that the brain revels in receiving emails and phone calls and would rather “trick” you into thinking you’ve gotten a bit of social interaction than risk missing a call. In some cases it’s also a matter of “anticipatory vibrations,” which sounds kind of dopey as well.

Generally, your brain loves email so much that it’s willing to freak you out for most of the day just to get that rush of I’ve-got-a-friend endorphins. Our brains are mean.

Is that your phone or your imagination? [AP]