Do you Know what is Fear of missing out or FOMO

Be your own Psychological counsellor. Understand your behaviour.
FOMO is a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent.

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Its a  social anxiety and  is characterized by – a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing.  FOMO is also defined as a “fear of regret”.

The feeling of relatedness or connectedness with others is a legitimate psychological need that influences people’s psychological health, With the advent of technology, people’s social and communicative experiences have been expanded from face-to-face to online. On one hand, modern technologies (e.g., mobile phones, smartphones) and social networking services (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) provide a unique opportunity for people to be socially engaged with a reduced “cost of admission”. On the other hand, mediated communication perpetuates an increased reliance on the Internet.

 A psychological dependence to being online could result in anxiety when one feels disconnected, thereby leading to a fear of missing out or even pathological Internet use As a consequence, FOMO is perceived to have negative influences on people’s psychological health and well-being because it could contribute to people’s negative mood and depressed feelings.

        Excess of everything is bad.

        अति सर्वत्र वर्जयेत् ।।

                  Chanaky / चाणक्य 

Courtesy- wikipedia

2 thoughts on “Do you Know what is Fear of missing out or FOMO

  1. Completely agree. In today’s world where we are connected with everyone with a swipe of a finger we fear for being left out is real. The virtual world has taken over the real one giving no respite.

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