fomo vs jomo

FOMO = Fear of Missing Out
JOMO = Joy of Missing Out

FOMO definition:

A form of social anxiety — a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity or satisfying event, often aroused by posts seen on social media websites. If you’re wondering how to use FOMO in a sentence: “If I don’t get a ticket to that concert all of my good friends are going to next weekend, I’m going to have some major FOMO.”

The Urban dictionary

FOMO is part of the Nomophobia (smartphone addiction) addiction and sneaks up on you. When you finally realize that you are addicted you wonder why you got it and how you got there.

FOMO (fear of missing out) is your fear of being left out and being labeled as uncool and an outsider.

Are you sure that what you see and read on social media is accurate information? Photos can be photoshopped and the information presented might be not congruent with who that person presenting it actually is.

maelstrom | whirlpool that sucks you in
maelstrom or whirlpool that sucks you in

On top of that FOMO is a time hog. You are scrolling through your social media and get sucked into a maelstrom (whirlpool) you can’t escape from and suddenly an hour has passed and the task you set out to do is still not done.

This addiction can lead to anxiety and depression. When you feel compelled to constantly compare yourself to others it leads to a feeling that you have to keep with them. This can make you feel insecure,  less competent, stressed, fatigued as well it can lead to sleep problems and lead to debt by spending more money than you have.

FOMO is like a GPS that gives you the wrong information and leads you in the wrong direction.

“Realize that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence, it might just look so. The grass is always greener on the side where you water it.”

fear of missing out
fear of missing out

How to not get addicted to FOMO

Become aware of the temptation of trying to keep up with “the Jones’s”. Just be yourself and work on being someone who does not need to do what other people are doing.

Take social media breaks or turn off notifications for your social apps. Even better take smartphone breaks and schedule your social media time by setting a timer. When the timer goes off, stop immediately and live your own life.

Realize that you are addicted and if you just can’t stop and start unfollowing people who seem to have a hold over you. Do this for your own sanity.

Choose JOMO instead

What the heck is JOMO? JOMO stands for the opposite of FOMO: Joy of Missing Out.

JOMO is when you no longer have the need to constantly compare yourself to others and do what they do. You discover the joy that comes from not caring what other people are doing and not feeling jealous. You don’t have to be afraid of missing out on anything.

Don’t get sidetracked by other people’s agenda. Stay focused on your task at hand. Staying focused leads to success.


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