You’ve probably heard of the term FOMO or “Fear Of Missing Out” — possibly in the context of someone making fun of millennial who say things like “I can’t believe I’m not going to Tulum, Mexico this year I have so much FOMO”.
FOMO is especially prevalent among the millennial. Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook and finding photos of friends enjoying a fab vacay or hob-nobbing with celebs, or sharing live feed of gala events, creates a tremendous social pressure on the millennial. Since “everyone else is doing it” more often than not reinstates their constant need to be the “best” and to be validated to everything they do.
Almost 3 out of 4 millennial, who spend money on experiences, like concerts, festivals, sports or parties, like to show off on social media just to make their friends jealous.They see shared experiences as key to bonding, deepen their relationships and feel more connected to other people.
But now Finally, the social media backlash has reached the ears of the tech companies as more and more people understand that they want to stop scrolling, liking or tagging and actually enjoy some proper human communication.
It’s time to abandon the collective Fear of Missing out (FOMO) and start embracing JOMO: the Joy of Missing Out.
It’s finally time to take a break from the smartphones, those distracting monsters, reclaim your time and enjoy life in its truest avatar.
It’s time we started to admit the truth. JOMO or the Joy of Missing Out is all about disconnecting from technology, choosing to opt out of being online and having a more real, more hands on approach to life.
It’s not hard to take on the spirit of JOMO and doing those things that offer experiences of quality rather than quantity. Rather than drowning in the “I have to be here, I have to be there” whirlpool, why not pick only those few things you absolutely love to do and definitely not miss out on?
JOMO isn’t about missing out on things for the sake of it and it doesn’t mean abstaining altogether. But be flexible. Give yourself the gift to reconnect with those people who were the source of your happiness. Rekindle the romance with yourself and your life. Don’t take on more than you can chew. You can’t be perfect all the time.
Go ahead and enjoy the spirit of JOMO!
Have a wonderful weekend 🙂