Tuesday 30 May 2017

Working it out: I am no longer FOMOing at the mouth

Email addicts are hooked on temporary short-term reward
Email addicts are hooked on temporary short-term reward

I sat in our office meeting-room, going through the plans for the week, as is our habit on Monday after midday. We were making good progress when my phone rang. I ignored it. Eventually, someone pointed out that my phone was ringing, and since I am not hard of hearing, I felt it was fairly obvious that I knew that. "But you always answer your phone," she exploded. Not any more.

Apparently, the disease I feared I was developing is known as FOMO - fear of missing out. My particular version is INFO FOMO, which is fear of missing out on information.

The reason this is an issue is that most of the information that we are being swamped with these days is irrelevant, meaningless or annoying.

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