FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out
We live in a world that is continuously changing, and stress is the product of this change. And it is a human tendency to always be up to the date of what is happening around us. “Fear Of Missing Out” or FOMO is a slang that is often used in Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but it’s real life effects on human health is adverse. FOMO in this sense is an increased, and pervasive anxiety/apprehension of missing out on social events or experiences that are others are perceived to be having. FOMO has grown out of the general anxiety people (but mostly millennial and generation Z) face because of their constant obsession over “experiencing everything” and social media makes things worse. The term may seem to be, but the struggle is real.
FOMO leads to compulsive desire to stay connected with other people’s lives online. We get addicted to social media to such a level that the constant need to check what people are doing and how they are reacting to our posts becomes all important and all-consuming. We get so caught up in the virtual window that we forget to experience the real life. However, there are ways through which you don’t feel the fear of missing out and feel great instead.
Here are the few ways that you can get rid of it –
Believe that you are not “missing out.”
Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on PsychCentral, thinks that what we do on social media is an exaggerated version of what is happening. We do this to make our lives look a lot better than they are. In that sense, social media is more like a reflection of who we want to be, rather than who we are. So, we end up being the victim of the exaggeration. Therefore, to get out of the feeling of FOMO we need to realize that we will never be able to catch up is because it’s just not very realistic. So, from now on, every time you get the FOMO feeling, filter your feed from the perfectly plasters filtered pictures to the goofy, frowny, fun and wild pictures of the last time you hung out with your friends. And plan to make more such memories.
Question your FOMO
Question yourself that why do you feel this fear or the insatiable need to be “in” everything. Is it because you think you are working too hard and need some “me/free” time. If that is the case, then make a list what it is that you want to do in your “me/free” time, compare it with what you are doing when you get that “me/free” time. If it is not matching your list, then work towards ticking those things out of the list, instead of cribbing about it.
Keep your “Social Media” visits as short as possible
As we have discussed above, social media is one of the causes of the FOMO. It is like a fantasy world, where everything is dilly- dally and everyone looks amazing. So, it is obvious that you feel a little short of heart when you are going through real problems, while others “seem” to not having that issue.
Apart from realizing that those posts are often non- realistic, there is another solution to this. And that is to curb the time you spend in on social media, and use it to do something, anything, even sleeping would help. No one is saying is to give up Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Honestly speaking, a little bit of FOMO is good because it keeps us driven and focused. Just don’t go overboard with it because everything is excess is always overkill.
Experience it before clicking it
We know we all do this. Like clicking the picture of a morsel of food before eating it or the erstwhile trending feet and sand picture on the beach. Why do we click it before we do it? Well, there is no short answer to this. So, instead of answering let’s try something new. Why don’t we eat the food and then click it and then say #yumyum in #mytumtum or walk the walk on the beach and then post #beachwalking. Let’s get into the habit of experiencing rather than portraying. Will it cure our FOMO? Probably not. But will it help? Absolutely.
Founded in 2013, OurHealthMate (OHM) is a health-tech startup. Their award-winning services are rooted in a three-pronged service strategy: care planning, business intelligence, and quality execution. They believe that human health is holistic. They are by definition, an experience-driven conglomerate. They believe that experience is the best form of learning an individual can ever get. Therefore, they always nudge their employees to focus on experiences of not just their own but the people they are touching with their services.
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