Fear of Missing Out...FoMO?
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Fear of missing out or FoMO has been deined as "a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent". This social angst is characterized by a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing. FoMO is also defined as a fear of regret, which may lead to a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying event. In other words, FoMO perpetuates the fear that we have made the wrong decision on how to spend our time, as you can imagine how things could be different.
On 17th October '13, the Metro carried the following article: "Downtime? No thanks...I have a smartphone! Do you find solace in your phone when there is a lull in conversations? You're not alone...a third of us do. More than half of us also prefer to hop online rather than enjoy downtime. On average, people use a tablet, smartphone or laptop 34 times a day, the Internet Advertising Bureau said. Dr Simon Hampton from the University of Esat Anglia said: "We're compelled to turn to them for reassuring comfort."
If this rings warning-bells for you, there is a way out! "Fear of Missing Out" is a serious addiction that can overpower you and make normal living very difficult - if not impossible! Your Choice is powerful and you can employ it to free yourself from FoMO! Freedom from FoMO is possible on your own - but it's my experience that Counselling is the effective way out and way on! If you're in the grip of FoMO, make the brave and empowering choice to get free and make contact with "Rob Slater Professional Counselling" today. (Rob Slater)