How To Deal With Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)

Everyone feels a certain level of FOMO at various low times in their lives. Read ahead to know its causes and how to minimize it.

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaPublished at: May 23, 2022Updated at: May 23, 2022
How To Deal With Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)

FOMO, or "Fear Of Missing Out," is a real phenomenon that is becoming increasingly common these days. It causes significant stress and trauma which often times have serious risks involved. The fear of missing out refers to the feeling that others are having more fun, living a better life, or experiencing better things than oneself. It is aggravated with a deep sense of envy or jealousy and directly affects a person's self-esteem. FOMO in most cases is exacerbated by social media sites like Instagram, Snapchat and/or Facebook.

Causes Of FOMO

Social Networking Sites

Social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and/or Facebook play a key role in fueling the FOMO feeling. When a person overviews the happening and stargazing lives of other individuals, they are bound to feel deficit about the boring lives they are living. In most cases, FOMO is a self sulking practice. 

It is also noted that people who deal with mental health problems like depression or anxiety are likely to spend more time on such social media platforms in order to find escape. In turn, when they encounter lives of other people, they start dissing their own. 

Age, and Gender

FOMO can be experienced by people of all ages. However, the fear of missing out is linked to a greater smartphone and social media usage. Therefore, it is observed that this feeling is greater in teenagers and those under the age of 35. Smartphone usage is related to the fears of negative and even positive evaluations by others that affects your mood and swings them accordingly.

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How To Minimize FOMO?

Fortunately enough there are steps that can be taken to curb the FOMO if and ever it is something you experience.

1. Shift  Your Focus

Instead of focusing on what you lack, try noticing the things you already have. We understand that this is easier said than done on social media, but it can be most definitely done. Add more positive people to your social media feed. Block or hide people who tend to brag too much or who are not supportive of you or what you do.

The upside of social media is that you get to decide your audience. You can toss and change your feed to show you less of what triggers your FOMO and more of what makes you feel good about yourself and your life. Work to minimize these as you add more to your feed and also life that makes you happy.

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2. Pay Gratitude

Once you have decided your vibe, accepted your tribe and dwell in the life you live, it is important to pay gratitude for all that you have very fortunately gotten. Pray the god or preach the person, you do you! But make sure that you show your thankfulness. In this process you will also realize all the upside of your life.

3. Differentiate Between Real And Reel

Social media is the perfect example of all that glitters is not gold. Likewise, you must also learn to differentiate between the real life and the reel life. Rest assured, 9 out of 10 times, the person is not having as a gala time as he/she display on their social media handle. It is also important that you dont become a victim therefore, find a balance and seek out real connections in the real and in-person world.

It is important to remember that FOMO is a very real and common emotion among people of different ages. Everyone feels a certain level of FOMO at various low times in their lives. If you are feeling it too much, talk it out with a friend or involve yourself in the activities that boosts your morale.