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Who amongst us has experienced FOMO?
FOMO or more commonly known as the “Fear of Missing Out” and is defined as anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
Fear of missing out (FOMO) is described as “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent”. This social anxiety is characterized by a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing.
Now yes, we may have FOMO in our personal lives with social media and Instagram. But how many have it in our professional lives. Who often says, I have to go to that conference call, or I have to attend that meeting. FOMO has become so common in the workplace its being written about in Forbes, Psychology Journals, and scientific articles:
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that anyone misses work or shirks their responsibilities.
But I wanted to introduce you to JoMO… The Joy of Missing Out; a great website I found that promotes digital and professional well-being (no, I’m not a paid sponsor, or receive any renumeration; just sharing something interesting with my friends).
They write that JoMO is a way to connect yourself to a new digital well-being practice each month and to the accountability and inspiration you need to use tech in a way that aligns with your values and goals. It’s a counter-movement to our always-on tech addiction, JoMO is gaining momentum as a conscious choice to disconnect and experience life offline. They write:
- Our mission at JoMO is to empower you to experience the joy of missing out.
- You deserve a joy that is uniquely, profoundly and humanly yours.
What we regret most at the end of our lives isn’t missed tweets or fancy job titles. It’s the deeper things — missed opportunities to love, to explore our curiosities, and to spend our time well. It’s time we choose joy over fear. Empowerment over anxiety. JoMO over FOMO.
So I thought I’d share the JOMO MANIFESTO by Christina Crook for this week’s MMMM:
LET US BE THE ONES
Who build communities; who know each other’s names.
Who spend our time well; who live every hour of every day.
Who love ourselves; who embrace our strengths and weaknesses alike.
Who live for today; that savor our experiences.
Who are grateful for what we have; who waste no thought on what we don’t need.
Who embrace our humanity; who would rather feel pain than feel nothing.
Who know true riches; who value human connection above all.
Who are courageous: who choose adventure over regret.
Who are generous; who give our loved ones our whole hearts and attention.
Who have joy; that choose love over fear.