In college, my friends and I would heckle one another about missing a party or event by saying NO FOMO. FOMO stood for “fear of missing out” – we were warding each other away from the unsettling possibility of missing out on a great time.
I’m not sure if we made that phrase up, but I haven’t seen it outside of that circle of friends and the koozies and Chilifest t-shirts we made.
Now, as a college graduate and full-time member of the “real world” workforce, that phrase doesn’t have quite the same power as it used to. Missing a happy hour or late night out is not always as scary as the thought of losing hours of precious sleep or showing up at the office hungover.
However, as I’ve recently contemplated giving up social media, even temporarily, FOMO is my number one diagnosis. So many times I dream of life outside of the constant documentation of my newsfeeds. It’s not even that I post that often – probably every 2-3 days. But knowing that a majority of my friends are on there, and basically it holds the key to my updates on their lives, not to mention constant entertainment when bored, makes it as hard to give up.
I think that if I were to give up social media, even for just one month, I would have to go cold turkey. I still need to convince myself that a digital detox is worth the initial FOMO, but it can only be good for me.
Do you also have a fear of missing out when it comes to checking out of the social media world?