- Author: Marissa Palin
FOMO, or the “Fear of Missing Out,” has plagued my generation. We can’t commit to social gatherings for fear something better, more popular will come along. We can’t put down our cell phones for fear of missing the latest gossip on Facebook, or that one, life-changing phone call.
FOMO has always existed – though according to the Washington Post, social media has made it much, much worse. Now we know when our friends are getting together without us. We know when people are getting married, having babies, becoming grandparents, starting their own companies—and it’s really easy to feel left out or left behind.
According to psychologists, FOMO can be bad for our health. It’s time to learn to unplug. Checking out of social media every once in a while and concentrating on the good things in our own lives can be really beneficial, both emotionally and physically.
For the full article, read the Washington Post.