Most people have experienced the anxiety of not being involved or missing out on something exciting or important. This Fear of Missing Out (or FOMO, for short) is emblematic of humans’ fundamental yearning for inclusion and connection and has likely always been a part of our existence.
But today’s digital age has magnified how much we know about others’ lives, particularly through the lens of social media. This increased awareness can in turn lead to ever-greater FOMO, as we see others’ pictures of parties, vacations, and achievements online.
While FOMO is not officially recognized as a psychological disorder, it does have significant impacts on our mental and physical well-being. By understanding the underlying issues that contribute to it, we can better manage our anxiety and worry around missing out and focus on building genuine connections with others.