The internet and social media have made it easier than ever to connect with others, but there is no “off switch.” This constant connection has led to a term called FOMO-Fear of Missing Out. It’s easy to feel left out when your friends are posting photos of themselves on vacation or at a party that you didn’t attend. You can avoid feeling FOMO by not comparing yourself to others, instead focus on improving your own life, and doing what makes YOU happy!
What is FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)?
FOMO, or the Fear of Missing Out, occurs when you don’t feel like you’re experiencing what you should. Whether it’s a party, concert, trip to an island resort…everything your friends are doing seems like it’s more fun than what YOU are doing.
There is no “off switch” for the internet and social media. This means that everyone is connected 24/7 via email, texting, posting on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. With this constant connection comes FOMO – a fear that there might be something better going on somewhere else!
For example, you just left the airport from coming home from a long vacation full of fun memories and amazing photos. You get home and turn on your computer, and check out everyone else who posted photos of the fun party they attended to while you were away.
Your friends look like they had more fun than you did! What do I mean by constant connection? Emails- no longer is an email sent and then deleted from your inbox, it can be saved to a folder, forwarded to someone else for additional information, or archived forever in the cloud (note: this concern may not apply to teenagers as their email account is almost always active 24/7).
Texting – don’t have time to talk right now? No worries because if your phone is with you at all times then texting works well when talking isn’t convenient or efficient. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat…just to name a few.
The constant connection you have with other people has led to the term FOMO-Fear of Missing Out. When your friends are posting photos at parties while you’re studying for finals it’s easy to feel left out!
You can avoid feeling FOMO by doing what makes YOU happy instead of comparing yourself against others! You don’t need to compare yourself because everyone has their own set of goals and priorities in life. Instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing, focus on improving your own life- do what makes YOU happy! That way if something isn’t going right or things get hard there are no regrets because you were being true yourself!