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TV Vibes

weather: wet-ish
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Can anyone else hear, feel or sense in some other way when a TV is on, even when it looks off?

This happens sometimes: userinfoHusband Guy and I will finish watching a DVD and the TV is still set to Video-4 or whichever one is pointing at the DVD machine. The screen is all dark and looks off. And the conversation goes like this:

Me: "The TV is still on."
Him: "No, it's not."
Me: "Yes, it is."
Him: "It's off, look at it."
Me: "I can still hear it. It's on."
Him: "No, you can't. It's. Already. Off." *huffily pick up the remote and push some buttons*
TV: *abruptly starts showing whatever was on the current channel*
Him: *sheepishly* "Oh..."
Me: *play-sneer* "I love you anyway."

XD Or I'll walk by and notice the TV still on, I turn it off, tell him that he forgot to turn the TV off and he said it looked off to him.

We knew a guy in highschool who said he could feel the vibes from across a small room. And that's the only other person I've ever met who could sense TVs being on.

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jidabug
Dec. 8th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
I can sense it sometimes, too. It could be the high-pitched sounds from the TV (women are more sensitive to those frequencies, iirc).
bride
Dec. 8th, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's exactly what I'm hearing.
marnanel
Dec. 8th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
At last! Someone else who can do this!

I don't think I know anyone else who can.
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axiem
Dec. 8th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
When on, a lot of electronic devices produce a high-pitched sound. Women, in general, are more sensitive to high-pitched sounds, while men, in general, are more sensitive to low-pitched sounds.

My range is higher than most of the male species, and I can usually tell when TVs are on, because I can hear the tinny whining. My external hard drive, though, is the worst. I can barely stand to have it on, it makes such a racket.

Once:
Me: "Wow, that's loud."
Rooomate: "What?"
Me: "My external hard drive. It's that really high-pitched whine."
Roommate: "What whine?"

so yeah.

I think I inherited the trait from my mother; she's REALLY sensitive to sound.
eveninghawk
Dec. 8th, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC)
I do that all the time. People have insisted that I'm nuts, but I know better. Anything electrical has a bit of a hum to it, and if you listen carefully you can hear things that are on without looking.
xinit
Dec. 8th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
I have been able to "hear" a TV that's on for as long as I remember. I've been in an office on occassion and stopped, looked around, and said "Hmm... who has the TV here?" when I knew there wasn't a TV in the place normally. It's not something I've been able to amuse people with at a party though.

The only thing I can describe it as is a REALLY high pitched buzz... it's more of a feeling than hearing though....
scott_wells
Dec. 8th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yep. I can hear the ultrasonics from a TV if its on anywhere in the house, actually. Oddly, I sometimes here it without one being on... I'm not sure what I'm hearing there. But, if there s a TV on, I'll definately know.
science_vixen
Dec. 8th, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC)
Maybe you're hearing fluorescent lights, they hum in that range is they get older.
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trigeekgirl
Dec. 8th, 2004 02:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can always tell if the TV's on.
ducks
Dec. 8th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
I can sense it as well. I think it has to do with the higher frequency sounds emitted by the TV as some other poster has said.
science_vixen
Dec. 8th, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
Both me and halimede can hear the TV, or a monitor if it's on standby.
But then we both can hear dog whistles and bats as well.
bride
Dec. 8th, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
I hear bats as soft clicking, it's so high pitched. I've never had a dog whistle sounding off near me =)
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meeps_hitchie
Dec. 8th, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC)
Heh, yes. I can hear the sound of a TV or Computer screen on, too. I should switch to LCD, really, before my hearing is ruined. :)
grey_archangel
Dec. 8th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)
I can hear it too! I sometimes get a little tense. It's odd. I can sense it from the end of the driveway to inside, or at the opposite end of the house. It's just...something you can feel. Really odd to explain. I've only met one other person that had the same reaction to television vibes. The computer sometimes, but mostly the TV.
karinakarina
Dec. 8th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
I can hear something when I change channels.
sertrel
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
Good heavens, you mean most people CAN'T?

I can always tell when my television or any other cathode ray tube is on. I can hear it very clearly.

Being in computer labs for extended periods used to give me headaches, partly for that reason... And I know most people that I knew could hear it as well, because we were all SO HAPPY when they changed the entire lab over to LCD's.
razorw
Dec. 9th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)
Are you a person who needs a lot of silence to go to bed?

Sometimes I can sleep through anything.... --Ray
bride
Dec. 9th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
It's inconsistent, I can have a lot of trouble falling asleep sometimes. But other times, sleep comes to me in a snap.

And when I do fall asleep easily, I can sleep through pretty much anything: Husband Guy snoring like a gatling going off, but I wake up when he stops breathing (!!!); standing up on a bus; a live Beijing opera; "Chronicles of Riddick"; the first third of "Fellowship of the Ring"; any Indiana Jones movie.
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