Origin and development of Teen Buzz

The term Teen Buzz is used to refer to a kind of variant of the Mosquito ringtone. The Mosquito ringtone was developed by the British inventor named Howard Stapleton and the reason that contributed to its development were the rising problems of roaming teenagers who moved around shops and stores in the United Kingdom.
While it was necessary to find a way in which these loitering of the teens could be prevented, but at the same time, it was also important that such measures should not by any means affect the adult consumers. It is at this juncture that the concept of presbycusis came into use.

The presbycusis refers to a biological notion which reiterates that beyond the age of 20, adult human beings gradually begin to lose their capacity to hear high frequency sounds beyond 18 to 20 KHz.

This concept could be useful in the development of the Mosquito ringtone as this ringtone was developed at a sound frequency of 17.4 KHz which could thus be audible to the teenagers and youngsters but not to the adults.

In fact the propounder of this concept, Howard Stapleton has noted that while it was audible to all beyond 20, most individuals above 30 will possibly never be able to hear it. It is named so as the tone resembles the sound of buzzing produced by the mosquitoes and it was believed to aid in warding off teenagers effectively.

This is primarily because the sound effect produced by the Mosquito ringtone was immensely annoying and irritating and extremely difficult to ensure after a certain period of time. Moreover, in accordance with the sound levels dictated, the maximum volume for the Mosquito ringtone was fixed at around 74 decibels which was well within the permissible limits.

The Teen Buzz was also developed from the same principles that governed the conceptualization of the
Mosquito ringtone though its purpose was different.


The concept of the Teen Buzz was drawn form the Mosquito ringtone which was used by Howard Stapleton in Compound Security Systems to ward off loitering teenagers from shops in the United Kingdom.

It was based on the same premise of presbycusis and it produced high frequency sound waves measuring about 17 KHz which was beyond the hearing capacity of the adult humans especially those beyond the age of 30.

The sound frequency emitted by the Teen Buzz ringtone was a constant high frequency tone. It is interesting to note that the main purpose for the development of this high frequency tone was to enable the young students in receiving text messages while in a classroom without the knowledge of the teacher.

This was because, the teachers being adults were unable to hear the high frequency sound waves produced by the Teen Buzz ringtones.

Teen Buzz has been popularly referred to as Mosquito tone and Zumbi tone. Teen Buzz was developed as a unique ringtone having its own characteristic properties and it was also marketed as being the genuine mosquito ringtone.