You probably never realized this before, but chances are you can't recall ever seeing a smartphone in your dreams. Take a while to think about it.
A mobile phone is likely the first thing one touches upon waking up every morning and the last thing that's held before hitting the hay, yet once we hit dreamland, they're nowhere to be found.
Weird right? How is it possible that the thing we pay the most attention to is always absent from our dreams?
Also, most people hadn't even given it thought and didn't notice until a meme began floating about Twitter late last month.
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"As much as I use my smartphone, I don't think I've ever seen it any of my dreams," a user tweeted. And the fact that he got well over 50k likes and over 21k retweets did give a bit of credence.
As much as I use my smartphone, I don't think I've ever seen it in any of my dreams. pic.twitter.com/1H98pFX9Nv— 👑CREDENCE👑🇳🇬 (@BrendanCredence) June 27, 2018
A writer for website The CUT was curious enough to go hunting for answers after coming across the meme and reached out to Alice Robb, author of the upcoming book Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey.
According to Alice, dreams help us process fears and anxieties and also assists us in preparing for certain events that can cause some level of stress in our lives. Therefore, people are more prone to dreaming about things which have been around since time immemorial.
Mobile phones, meanwhile, are a recent development—smartphones especially—which is why most of us don't see them in our dreams. If you were to ask anyone, they'd tell you most of their dreams revolve around getting away from some threatening situation; never texting a friend.
“People tend not to dream quite as much about reading and writing, which are more recent developments in human history, and more about survival related things, like fighting, even if that has nothing to do with who you are in real life,” Alice says.
A set of researchers have since discovered that a small number of people do dream about phones. The study revealed that 3.5 percent of women see cell phones in their dreams while 2.6 percent of men do.
A common dream, for persons who do see them, is one in which a call is received from a loved one who has passed away.
Having read this, though, you just might dream of a smartphone tonight.