Monday, November 11, 2019

FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out

FOMO has become the most common behavior of a millennial today. Every day we fear if we are going to miss out on something worthwhile. Today our 9–5 jobs have become 9–9 jobs. By the time we are back from our work, there is so little time between even thinking of doing something and crashing on our bed. Then of course we have social media and we also need to reply to everyone’s texts and comments, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube etc and by the time we hit the bed the thought of missing out on things in real life definitely creeps up our spine. Just as the week progresses and it’s a Friday, we need to cope up with all the things that we have missed out throughout the week and there goes our weekend.

In my opinion, FOMO does the following things to us as we are not conscious about it:

It stops us from connecting with people : How many of us have been distracted while sitting with family or watching a movie with our loved ones just because the phone keeps beeping and you are curious to be a part of some Whatsapp group conversation or gossip on Facebook.

It stops us from living in the moment: How many of us have been to beautiful places and instead of enjoying the scenic beauty, we are busy capturing the beauty with our third eye which is the iPhone.

It stops us from achieving our goals and desires
: How many of us have made plans and postponed them just so that we can sit there with our phones and scroll through the feeds of social media just to feel that we are a part of everything that’s going on in the real world.
These things have happened to me every day and they still continue to happen. However, what’s more important is how you contain this habit in the longer run. Research has proven that youth today spend an average of 3-4 hours of their day on social media on their mobile phones. Now that’s a lot of time spent for nothing. That time could have been spent on being with family, playing with your pets, learning something new, working on your hobby and the list is endless. 

We need to understand there are a million things happening in this world every minute of our existence and no matter how much you try to cope up, you won’t be able to be a part of everything that happens around you. In such cases what’s best is to prioritize what adds more meaning to your life and do that rather than spending your time on something that won’t matter the next day or 5 years from now.
Life is full of makings and experiences. You don’t have to be a part of everything. Being a part of you is the only thing that counts at the end of the day. Life is at its best when it happens 100% your way and not how others want you to be or live your life. Use FOMO to your advantage and creative something wonderful for yourself. 

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