Tuesday 21 November 2017

Lorraine Courtney: Forget the social tyranny of FOMO -- just switch off and embrace staying in

The selfie on a sun-soaked beach can induce envy via social media
The selfie on a sun-soaked beach can induce envy via social media

Lorraine Courtney

I'm overstimulated but keep thinking I must start watching 'Breaking Bad', not because I want to but because everyone else went crazy about the final episode

For the past few years, FOMO (or Fear of Missing Out) has been the scourge that had us all scurrying from party to destination cafe to party as we dutifully recorded our antics on Instagram. But apparently the constant bellyaching about missed opportunities and struggles to stay culturally relevant has left us all so drained that the fear of missing out is the joy of missing out, or JOMO to give it its proper acronymic title.

FOMO wasn't completely new. It used to be called keeping up with the Joneses. But nowadays, thanks to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we are living in an age of rampant information over-sharing.

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