(Bare with me... this post is a 3 min read but has been weighing heavily on my heart and soul... so I knew it was time to share)💥 FOMO!!!🙄 You have heard of it right? (Fear Of Missing Out!)
We hear about FOMO a lot these days. In fact, the word was even added to the Oxford English Dictionary!! It’s REAL guys!
A staggering three quarters of young adults reported they experienced this phenomenon.
...and the reason I am sharing this with you is that I believe I became a FOMO sufferer myself (and NO!!....I am not classed as a young adult anymore ...insert sob here😜) FOMO is the anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere... and most of the time, this is noticed by posts seen on social media.
... The only way to immunise yourself against FOMO is to be in – on everything.!!!! (Can you feel the pressure already!!)😡 The FOMO mentality is that the whole idea on social media is to portray to your followers “look what I am doing and look what you are missing out on”! When I stopped and really looked at this, I was washed with a heavy wave of sadness!
Why do we want our family, friends or even strangers to feel this way??? How does it possibly or even realistically affect us as individuals and impact our lives??? What do we gain from this mentality other than attention???(short lived!) FOMO is that building feeling that we are missing out on something.
Studies are now showing that this fear of missing out is becoming a choice overload and is in fact leaving people, stuck, paralysed and depressed.
Without realising it, I found myself becoming caught in the FOMO cycle.
Thoughts would creep into my head “Look at what they are doing”... or “wow what an incredible life she lives...I would love to live like that!”... or “everything is always so perfect with that group of girls...how fortunate they are”... or “wow!!! That is their 5th holiday in as many months... or “omg!! They barely have to work to earn their seemingly endless income”.... and these thoughts crept in and started subconsciously smothering and suffocating me! Continued in comments: