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The joy of missing out

The joy of missing out


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The joy of missing out

While research has found that FOMO is, at its core, caused by a low life satisfaction, with low moods and the feeling that your needs aren’t met, there are some specific factors that have a direct impact on your likelihood to experience it.

  • Social media. Many studies have shown that there is a high correlation between a person’s usage of social media and FOMO.
  • Loneliness. 
  • Anxiety. This state of inner turmoil, which often comes with nervous behaviour, is also an underlying cause of FOMO.


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FOMO was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013 and defined as the “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.”


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“Opting out and saying no”, he writes, are skills we lack “both as individuals and as a society.”


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“Oh the joy of missing out. 

When the world begins to shout

And rush towards that shining thing;

The latest bit of mental bling–

Trying to have it, see it, do it,

You simply know you won't go through it;

The anxious clamoring and need

This restless hungry thing to feed.

Instead, you feel the loveliness;

The pleasure of your emptiness.

You spurn the treasure on the shelf

In favor of your peaceful self;

Without regret, without a doubt.

Oh the joy of missing out”


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Instead of yielding to the social pressure to be at the right place with the right people, and comparing our lives to others, we should practice tuning out the background noise and becoming intentional with our time.

While other people spend their time running around to watch the latest movie, try the latest workout, or attend the latest exhibition, embracing JOMO—the joy of missing out—means relishing to stay in, enjoying your own company, and getting to work on your own projects.


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  1. Reflect. Review how you currently spend your time. Which activities are driven by others, as opposed to being intentional?
  2. Disconnect. Take the time to turn off your phone and spend time alone with your thoughts. Read a book, go for a walk, work out, whatever makes you feel good.
  3. Reconnect. Both with yourself and with the people you care about. Spending time in a meaningful way will help you stop worrying about how others spend their time.


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FOMO, or fear of missing out. It’s especially prevalent among people who spend quite a bit of time online. With the ability to easily see what everyone is doing all the time comes the curse of knowing exactly what we may be missing out on. Associated with a fear of regret, FOMO is the apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which you are absent.