Over the last few years, the term FOMO has become popular, particularly among the millennial generation. In case you’re out of the loop, FOMO (otherwise known as Fear Of Missing Out) is the acronym used by those who feel like everyone else is happier and engaging in more fun than they are. With all the social media platforms that we have available to us, we’re constantly bombarded by all the things that our friends and acquaintances are doing. If they’re currently travelling the world and you’re just sitting at home, it can be hard not to feel a little jealous that you’re not in their shoes. The thing is, when we can consistently see what everybody else is up to, it can cause feelings of anxiety, sadness and negativity.
Of course, here at QRay, we’re all about positivity, so here are some tips on how to fight against the FOMO epidemic
- Remember that social media can be misleading
Before people post a status on Facebook, tweet, or upload a photo to Instagram, a lot of thought is put into it. Everything is carefully curated and filtered to make the experience seem 100 times better than it actually is.
- Stop using social media…temporarily
If you consistently feel inadequate compared to the lives that your friends are living, then maybe that’s a sign that you need to take a break from social media in order to appreciate the goodness in your own life
In response to the emergence of FOMO, two years ago blogger Anil Dash coined the term JOMO, or Joy of Missing Out. This is essentially the opposite of FOMO, and encourages people to embrace time alone. Society tends to favour people who are extroverts, but sometimes it’s nice to sit at home by yourself and watch television or read a book. When you spend time on your own, you often end up daydreaming, which can encourage you to come up with new and creative ideas. Overall, a little time alone is good for your wellbeing.
So, the next time you’re scrolling through your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed, remember that there is enjoyment in spending time with yourself. Don’t let the lives of others reduce your positive spirit. Positivity is key to a happy life!