It may be All Hallows' Eve but spirits are in short supply, according to experts in the occult, and mobile phones are to blame for putting the dead to rest.
Research from the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), based in Cambridge, found that mobile phones have become the new Ghostbusters.
In a report published in the Sunday Express, the SPR's Tony Cornell said that ghost sightings had been consistent for centuries averaging two new appearances a week. "But with the introduction of mobile phones 15 years ago, ghost sightings began to decline to the point where now we are receiving none," he said.
Cornell warned that the boom in the mobile phone market could put Britain's famous 'haunted' tourist attractions at risk.
The SPR apparently thinks that paranormal events, which some scientists claim are generated by unusual electrical activity, may be drowned out by the electronic pulses from phone calls and text messages.
So like the song says: "If you're all alone, pick up the phone, and call ...", well, anyone really.
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