So you’re not feeling so hot about things. Or you’re wondering if everyone else is having more fun than you. Guess what? You are experiencing FOMO (also known as the Fear Of Missing Out). In 2013 the word “FOMO” was officially added to the Oxford Dictionary. It is an all too real feeling, especially in the age of social media. People post pictures from an exciting night out on the town all over Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. With all the status updates and snapchats it’s hard not to see how much everyone else is enjoying their lives. Anyone can paint a picture of themselves as this person who seems to have their life completely together, and when they do this, sometimes you can’t help but wonder if you’re missing out on something. You may start to think that you should be living a life that’s just as fun and exciting,
Think about it, most of us usually only share the good parts about our lives on social media. You hardly ever see anyone posting something that doesn’t show them in a good light. There is never a bad picture posted. After all, most of us spend a good amount of time picking that perfect selfie to post on social media. Nobody wants to highlight their less than exciting lives, so the only time we feel the urge to share tidbits and snippets from our lives is when we have something great going on. Then there are the people who embellish or lie about their lives to make it look exciting and fun filled. Believe me nobody’s life is that perfect even though it may seem like it is through the perfectly constructed life they are portraying on social media.
Forget the fake perfect lives of Facebook that lead to FOMO. Instead, try JOMO: the joy of missing out on all those illusions. You’re not missing out on anything because you’re living the life that you want to live. It may not be as glamorous or exciting as what other people are doing but be authentic to who you are should be your aim. Don’t worry about what others have going on; worry about what you’re doing and try to live a life that makes you happy. When you spend all that time staring in envy at the oh-so-cool pictures of cleverly crafted bliss on Facebook, keep one thing in mind:
It’s YOUR life you’re missing out on.