Much to my surprise, FOMO has been in the Oxford Dictionary since 2013. And here I thought I was an early adopter.
Just goes to show, you can’t be in on the new stuff unless you live on line 24/7, which is the point of this post.
FOMO is an internet related term meaning: Fear of Missing Out. It is a syndrome, born of social media whereby you peruse FB, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and see your friends and the entire world it seems, doing incredible things, traveling to amazing places, eating extraordinary food…and you’re sitting at home with a carton of blueberry Chobani, wondering what the …?
FOMO is a vicious circle. You look at your social media. You feel like you’re missing out. You get depressed about your life. You keep checking back to your social media to see if you’re really missing out. You feel worse.
Then you start posting things about your life to convince yourself that you too are living a fabulous life. And okay, to make others jealous. But you feel just as empty, because you know the reality of your life, life’s not a contest, and you still feel like you’re missing out.
The only cure for FOMO is to stop using social media, or at least to use it less. Additionally, embrace the scintillating you. You truly are living your own, fabulous, utterly unique life and it is the best possible life. Celebrate other’s moments as they post their pictures and think, “thank you for sharing this beautiful photograph, it really made my day.”
Because everyone is missing out on something. We can only live our own lives. Make sure you do. You definitely don’t want to miss out on your own life. Celebrate yourself and your amazingNESS.
P.S. My DD, a professional photographer says, “Most of the photographs you see on Pinterest, Instagram etc. are not snaps. They’re carefully planned and take hours to style and light, most often the work of professional photographers. You too can create works of art, if you want to work that much at living. Me, I’d rather eat the damned grilled cheese instead of waiting for it to get the perfect ooze to photograph.
P.P.S I wrote this post because of course I have FOMO! I’m working on it. What about you?