FOMO: Fear of Missing Out

According to Self Magazine, there is a new phenomenon out there called FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out.


Although I giggle every time I say it, FOMO makes sense to me. When I was reading the article, I almost blushed. Had Self been reading my diary?

“On the rare night that you’re grateful for a quiet evening in, you see a Facebook photo of your pals partying (no one invited you!) or a friend’s Foursquare check-in at a cool new bar and you’re bummed…”

Self (the mag, not me)

I think we’ve all been there.

It could be a Sunday night and while perusing Facebook I see that a a friend posted an album containing 47 pictures of a college reunion weekend with the description something along the lines of “a weekend with my absolute favorite people on Earth!”

Wait…I’m didn’t make the list?

Or maybe you get on Twitter and see that a few of your favorite bloggers are having a tweet-versation and you’re totally shocked when you check your mentions only to find stale material.

Wait…They didn’t want to @ me?


The Fear of Missing Out makes us doubt ourselves and our own situations. Social media allows people to showcase their happy, exciting moments while omitting the I’m eating a pint of ice cream alone on my couch moments.

I wish I could shout from the mountain tops “NO ONE IS THAT MUCH BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE!”

So the next time you get sucked into a FOMO feeling, just remember that you have a pretty sweet gig going on. I’d bet that if someone read your blog, saw your tweets, or reviewed your Facebook pictures, they might feel a little FOMO-y themselves.

Yes or no – do you believe that the Fear of Missing Out (via social media) is a real thing? My opinion? Absolutely!