Fear of missing out. I have it. Blame it on my extroversion (I prefer to be around others than alone), my star sign (Gemini – social butterfly) or the fact that I just don’t like to feel as though I’ve been left out (does anyone?).
My FOMO extends to both my personal and professional life. When I see photos on Facebook of friends enjoying an evening out together, I think to myself: “Gee, I don’t remember getting an invitation to that.” Oh wait… And while following along on a conference backchannel is a great way to feel as if you are there, it isn’t the same as actually being there, connecting with colleagues in person.
FOMO has always existed. Pre-social media, FOMO came from getting the flu and not being able to go to the concert that everyone would be talking about for months. Now with social media so ingrained in our lives, it’s a lot easier to see all that we are “missing out on.” Friends’ pictures on Facebook, tweets from a professional association’s social of the year, and pins of baked goods that make you wonder where people find time to do it all, are enough to make you think you’re missing out on everything that is good in life. Of course, that isn’t true. But when you compare your everyday life to everyone else’s highlight reel, it’s hard not to feel that way.
How do you overcome the fear of missing out?
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