FOMO: Fear of Missing Out

Mashable, my forever favorite tech and social news go-to, had a report today on FOMO, in which it said that 56 percent of social media users suffer from it.

FOMO: Fear of missing out. A survey, the article said, revealed that 56 percent of people are afraid of missing out on events, news and important status updates if they are away from social networks.

The fear was compared to addictions like cigarette smoking and reality tv-watching (wait, is that a real addiction?).

For some people, myself included, the problem is not fear of missing out. The problem is the regret that comes after missing out.

Taking a social media hiatus is always a nice thing. You spend a few days not paying attention to your phone buzzing, not worrying about tweeting everything you’re doing and just enjoying the world around you. It’s like a detox for your mind.

Then…you come back in to reality. Upon getting online you find that you’ve missed out on some major events.

This weekend, for example, I wasn’t online too often. It’s not like I was completely shut off, I just didn’t check social media or the web very often. Next I know, I’m going in to work and find that a plane has crashed.

What are your thoughts? It’s post-FOMO a thing?


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