With smartphones and social media broadcasting their beautifully-edited realities into our lives, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is real! Here are some tips to counter this, and enjoy life!
In an age where there are so many things to do, it’s no surprise that our daily life seems busier than ever! But all of these activities and responsibilities can also leave us with a big case of FOMO. While it might not sound like a real thing, our screen-centric lives can lead to a lot of anxiety. Here are some tips to deal with it:
FOMO might sound like a trendy expression used in adolescence, but it's actually a disorder that affects many people. While we’ve all experienced this type of anxiety to some extent, this ailment has become significantly worse in recent years. Smartphones have made us available to anyone at any time. And, the emergence of social media has further increased anxiety in our lives. Not only can this lead to loneliness and mental health issues, but it can also cause us to miss out on life. There was a time it seemed possible to focus on one task, but nowadays it’s difficult to stay present.
When the mediums of television and newspaper existed, there weren’t as many outside influences pulling at us. Unfortunately, in an age of smartphones, there is always something to be reading or looking at. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, there are many social media forums where we’re always available.
Given our cultural focus on access, we get information constantly! It may be a friend texting, a Facebook post or a tweet, but the amount of information is limitless. Unfortunately, all of this information disconnects us from living in the present. It can lead to boredom and dissatisfaction with the moment. It can also lead to social anxiety related to the fear of missing out on life.
Fear of missing out research indicates that this anxiety is caused by emotion and attachment. Fortunately, there are many ways to fight off the adverse impacts of FOMO.
FOMO may seem like a buzzword, but the psychology behind the fear of missing out is a real thing. If you’ve struggled with FOMO, let us know how you’ve dealt with it in our comments. There may be a million things to do in the world, but you’ll only enjoy them by giving them your all!
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