What Is FOMO?
FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out, is a psychological phenomenon that occurs when an individual feels anxious about the possibility of missing out on something. It can be triggered by seeing others enjoying experiences and activities that one has not participated in. FOMO often leads to feelings of envy and regret as well as anxiety over making decisions. People who experience FOMO may feel compelled to take part in activities they would otherwise have no interest in just so they don’t miss out on anything important.
The prevalence of social media has made it easier for people to compare their lives with those of their peers, which can lead to increased levels of FOMO. Social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook are filled with images and posts from friends having fun without them, leading some individuals to become overwhelmed with fear that they will miss out if they do not participate in similar activities themselves. To combat this feeling, many people turn towards self-care practices such as mindfulness meditation or journaling which help them focus on what matters most instead of worrying about what other people are doing without them.