Do You Suffer from a FOMO?

This generation appears to enjoy diminishing conversation down to abbreviations; think text and Twitter conversations that at first glance appear nonsensical:

BTW a FOAF wants a F2F w/u next wk. GTG TTYL.

“By the way a friend a friend wants to have a face to face with you next week. Got to go. Talk to you later.”

One of the phrases I’ve seen recently is FOMO which means “fear of missing out.” It was used in conversation when talking about the new Rain Room at the MOMA in NYC. (couldn’t resist: Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City.)

The Rain Room allows people to be in a down pour without actually getting wet. Through science and technology the art exhibit is a unique experience in which only about ten people can be at a single time. Therefore, there were long lines of people waiting outside the exhibit in last week’s scorching temps of upwards of 97 degrees. Some people waited as long as nine hours to go into a raining room in which they would not get wet.

When asked why they were willing to wait so long…..FOMO – a fear of missing out.

So that got me to thinking  – is one of the reasons that we take on more than we should, out of a sense of missing out on an experience? The best way to achieve our ultimate goals is by strategically aligning ourselves with the education, people and experiences that can help us achieve those goals. However, if we suffer from FOMO, we may find ourselves spending an inordinate amount of time on tasks, projects or experiences that have little if anything to do with our true goals in life.

So I ask – what is the worst thing that can happen? If you are suffering from a sense of FOMO – ask yourself, what is the worst that can happen if I do miss out? Is it truly worth the time, energy and effort?

Let me give you a simple, yet all too real example:

How many hours do you devote to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. without a purpose? A recent survey by NewLife.com reports that 56% of social media users are driven by the FOMO on news, photos, events, family happenings if they don’t spend time reviewing their social media accounts. Here is the reality – if we focus our FOMO on social media we could actually be missing out on creating our own news!

Bottom line – don’t let FOMO determine how you spend your day. Embrace the opportunities you have and be grateful for what you can do and accomplish knowing that you have done your best with each gift of a day you are given.