We all have different things that we are afraid of; Whether it be heights, spiders, or even the dark, there is something out there that scares you. However, if there is one fear we all have in common it is most definitely FOMO. Also known as the Fear Of Missing Out, we have all experienced this at some point in our lives. It is the simple, yet painfully aggravating idea that there are better, more exciting plans occurring elsewhere. As I sit here, packing for my weekend trip home, though I am immensely excited, I can’t help but feel that I will be missing out on yet another crazy weekend here. I, too, have suffered with this awful fear.


Social Media

At a time when we are constantly connected to our phones, it is no surprise that social media would contribute so largely to this issue. We are being exposed to posts and pictures of what everyone else is doing. Thus inevitably producing the feeling that we are missing out. In the article, “Social Media addiction is a Bigger Problem Than You Think”, it discusses a study that was done through  attempting to get people to give up Facebook for 99 days. It turns out that most people dropped out after just a couple of days after starting. Society has become so hooked on social media and the continuous persistence to post their every move. Based on that article, it does not seem like this is going to die down any time soon.


Our Brain

Inside our brains we have the Amygdala which is basically responsible for emotions and reactions. This article, explains how the Amygdala can sense when there is a risk to our well-being. To sum this up, when we feel left out as though we are not a part of something (or at a certain party), we begin to stress or feel as though we are missing out. Although we know this information, there does not seem to currently be an antidote or solution to FOMO, other than taking breaks from social media. Many issues dealing with psychology have pills that patients can take to help with this issue, for example Depression. However, after researching I was unable to find anything like that for this case.


The Result

What happens as a result of all of this is that we allow this fear to get in the way of our own lives. We spend so much time worrying over what we are missing out on that we fail to appreciate what’s right in front of us. It needs to be realized that one is not missing out on as much as they think they are. The article, “This is the Best Way to Overcome the Fear of Missing Out”, discusses “The Facebook Illusion” which is the idea that events look better online than they actually are. Parties and plans seem so much more fun on social media than they may actually be in reality. Tying in what we’ve learned in class, it is kind of like a false positive. This is when we think something is occurring when it is actually not. This amazing party that you’ve made it out to be that you’re missing out on is not actually real—nor is it worth the stress.




3 thoughts on “FOMO

  1. Emily Fiacco Tuite

    Your post really caught my eye because in high school and now I have this fear as well. When I was sick I stayed in so I could get some rest and while resting I would check social media. I would see my friends out having and I would feel major FOMO. However later that night they would some back and tell me that what they went to was not that fun. Here is an article about FOMO and how we can combat it.

  2. Andie Lynn Sullivan

    This post is very relatable to me. Every time I decide to stay in because I’m tired, have too much work, or am not feeling the best I always end up regretting my decision. Even though when I decide to stay in, I’m choosing what is best for me FOMO still affects me every time. Social media really does have a huge affect on this because people can make it look like they are having such a great time even if isn’t, so this can be very deceiving. This article talks about how having FOMO is detrimental to your own life, so it was really interesting to read something from this perspective!

  3. Anna Josephine Wisniewski

    WAIT this post is amazing. I have extreme FOMO, especially seeing all of my high school friends at their different colleges with new friends. It’s crazy. I’m not huge into posting, but I check my social media religiously. The Facebook study is really interesting, but I am also not at all surprised. I wonder what other studies could be done to test this? It would be sort of difficult to do an experiment, but I’m sure a survey could be performed. You could look to see if there was a correlation between how many times a person checks social media and how much FOMO they experience on a scale of 1-10. That wouldn’t really give too much concrete data, but it would possibly show a trend to further look into. Good job with the post!

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