Japanese people seeking to improve their lives have turned to their mobile phones, downloading “therapeutic ringtones” that claim to address everything from insomnia to the desire for larger breasts.
From the UK’s Telegraph
The Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory has devised 27 different tones that it claims will make life more pleasant. The ringtones are being distributed by mobile content provider Index.
With the hay fever descending upon Japan, the “Hanna Sukkiri Melody” is proving popular at the moment, with the company claiming that “the ringtone’s resonant frequency will cause pollen adherent inside your nasal cavity to fall down” when the mobile phone is beside the nose. The company emphasises that the melody was devised in conjunction with a medical doctor.
Others are meant to improve the user’s skin, induce sleep, prolong wakefulness and even frighten away crows – a menace that Japanese women seem inordinately frightened of. Another tone promises to -put the user in the mood to get on with the overdue housework.
The phone can be personalised, the developers explain, by setting the frequency of the tune to match the size of a person’s cheekbones and enhance the effect of the sound waves.
One of the first scientists to perceive a link between mobile phone ring tones and the human body was Dr. Hideto Tomabechi, who spent 15 years devising a tone that contains the subliminal sounds of a baby crying.
According to the doctor, women respond to the sound both emotionally and physically, resulting in their breasts becoming larger.
And given that mobile phones have become ubiquitous in modern Japanese society, with young females receiving an average of 40 calls each day, Dr Tomabechi believes that the effect of his ring tone can be sustained over a long period of time.
He is presently working on a new tone that will make people fall in love at first sight.
It’s not the beginning of April already in Japan is it?