Do you have FOMO?
No, not the hairdo – that would be a faux hawk.
FOMO… So do you have it or not? If you do, would you admit it?
FOMO is an abbreviation for the “fear of of missing out.” FOMO.
When I was a kid, I was just sure that as soon as I went to sleep something cool would happen and I’d have to find out about it later – probably shared with the “you had to be there” added on just to rub it in. Even as an adult, touring in a band, I was rarely among the first to go to bed. Same reason. FOMO. I liked to be right in the middle of whatever was happening.
So, do you recognize it yet? Or should I continue?
If you’re honest, you’ll admit that the likely cause of your addiction to Facebook, Twitter, texting and manic email checking is FOMO. Having technology beeping in our pockets and alerts in front of us nearly all day feeds FOMO. Many of us aren’t even aware of it. Here’s a good gut check: when you post a new status on Facebook or a new picture on Instagram, how concerned are you about checking, rechecking and refreshing to see the likes and comments?
C’mon. Be honest.
I thought I had FOMO under my feet and out of my life only to find it in my thought process the other day. I was meditating on some important something and, right in the middle of it, started irrationally thinking about what I might miss if I went a certain direction. Never mind the pluses of going that direction, or even taking comfort in the fact that God was leading me in it.
I’m sure it was just my mind trying to be a big help, but… not so much.
OK, FOMO: back under my feet.
Marketers play people by exploiting FOMO. Manipulators will manipulate people with it. Even well intentioned people can sidetrack others with it if they aren’t cautious about it.
So what’s the lesson? Be aware of it. Resist it.
Renew your mind and put FOMO under your feet.
So, how will you combat it?