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Do you take hours to make a simple decision? You may have Fobo

FOBO: Fear of Better Options

Whether it is deciding what to watch on TV, or which job offer to accept, Fobo (Fear of better options) can affect anyone.

A Fobo-afflicted person may not make a decision due to wanting complete information or simply be overwhelmed with the daunting options.

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Do you take hours to make a simple decision? You may have Fobo

Do you take hours to make a simple decision? You may have Fobo

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/nov/24/fear-of-missing-out-fomo-making-decision-biology-fobo-christmas-turkey

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FOBO: Fear of Better Options

Whether it is deciding what to watch on TV, or which job offer to accept, Fobo (Fear of better options) can affect anyone.

A Fobo-afflicted person may not make a decision due to wanting complete information or simply be overwhelmed with the daunting options.

Technology accelerates FOBO

Sophisticated apps and social media only accelerate FOBO, giving us unlimited options. We are unable to decide due to a constant flow of new plans, events, invitations or commitments.

Decision-making people: Maximisers

Maximisers compare everything before making a decision, setting very high standards and expectations for themselves.

They often feel disappointed with their final decision after making it.

Decision-making people: Satisficers

Satisficers are the ones that make "good enough" decisions, have modest expectations and are generally happier and more satisfied after making their decision.

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