FOMO is anxiety that occurs when one worries that they are missing out on something. It stands for ‘Fear of Missing Out.’ This feeling could be related to an event, activity, or even a conversation.
There are many theories as to why people experience FOMO. One approach is that it is caused by the fear of missing out on something important or valuable. Another theory suggests that FOMO results from a person's inability to predict the future and their desire to avoid regret.
While FOMO is a popular concept, there also exists ‘JOMO’, which is the opposite of FOMO. Let’s explore this concept in detail.
In today's world, it is common to hear people say they are 'too busy.’ It is especially true if you are a millennial. We are constantly connected and available to the world around us. Unfortunately, this constant connection can lead to one feeling overwhelmed or burnt out. JOMO is the joy of missing out on something you know you do not need. It allows us to take a break from our busy lives and enjoy life in the moment with friends, family, or even on our own. A recent study showed that millennials feel more stressed than any other generation before them, with two-thirds of those surveyed saying that their stress levels have increased in the last five years alone. The rise in stress levels is attributed to the digital age and the need to be connected constantly. So missing out on something to focus on self-care feels like a blessing rather than regret.
FOMO is the feeling you have when you do not want to miss out on an opportunity, experience, or event, while JOMO is the joy and contentment that comes from knowing that you are choosing to stay in a comfortable place.
There is no right or wrong answer here. It all depends on what you want and how you feel about it. It also depends on the event or activity that you are missing out on or choose to miss. If it is not of great importance to you or does not add value to your life, you will feel the JOMO. On the other hand, if you cannot make time for something that matters to you, the FOMO gets real.
While the feelings of both FOMO and JOMO are likely, it is also important to not have these feelings take over your lives. We should not feel the need to constantly be present on social media or at an event. Sometimes, stepping away from the noise is better, and enjoying the solitude can help clear your mind and redirect focus.
Living a balanced life free of FOMO or JOMO
Let go of the fear or joy of missing out. It is ideal to live a balanced life with time for work, family and friends. If you need more help in planning your professional life, contact MCC Coaching. We will work with you day in and out to help you overcome these feelings and get your professional life back on track.