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.
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?