I was listening to this personal blog where I heard this word “FOMO”, so as usual I decided to look up exactly what this means. After reading what it means, I related it to my life. Believe it or not I is I was talking to a friend a while back and we both had the same thoughts but never knew it was a thing or there was a thing for it.
We both are going through physical medical issues and we want to do so much more or feel we should be doing things our peers, family or people are doing. But physical pain and extreme fatigue hinders us. That’s not the only thing that causes FOMO, it could be simple as the ability to travel for whatever reasons (fear of boats, planes, automobiles, passports, legal status, financial – what ever the reason)
I had to limit my social media intake and visits because it was suppressing me. Not that I have low self-esteem or I was envious of anyone, because that is a complete opposite. I was happy that everyone was happy weather they were pretending to be happy or were. Part of me felt like I should be having as much fun as everyone else, but in reality we all know the grass is always greener on social media. Once I turned off social media it allowed me to spend time with GOD and MYSELF, and that is far more important to me than anything that is going on outside that. I turned my upside down life into a positive walk through my journey and I am getting better at it daily.
Social media has accelerated the FOMO phenomenon in several ways. It provides a situation in which you are comparing your regular life to the highlights of others’ lives. Therefore, your sense of “normal” becomes skewed and you seem to be doing worse than your peers. You might see detailed photos showing that your friends enjoyed fun times without you, which is something that people may not have been so readily aware of in past generations.
Social media creates a platform for bragging; it is where things, events, and even happiness itself seems to be in competition at times. People are comparing their best, picture-perfect experiences, which may lead you to wonder what you are lacking.VeryWell Mind
FOMO, or “fear of missing out,” is a real phenomenon that is becoming increasingly common and can cause significant stress in your life. It can affect just about anyone, but some people are at greater risk. Here is what you should know about the history of FOMO, what research says, how to recognize it in your life, and how to manage FOMO to avoid negatively affecting your happiness.
What Is FOMO?
The fear of missing out refers to the feeling or perception that others are having more fun, living better lives, or experiencing better things than you are. It involves a deep sense of envy and affects self-esteem. It is often exacerbated by social media sites like Instagram and Facebook.
FOMO is not just the sense that there might be better things that you could be doing at this moment, but it is the feeling that you are missing out on something fundamentally important that others are experiencing right now.
It can apply to anything from a party on a Friday night to a promotion at work, but it always involves a sense of helplessness that you are missing out on something big. verywellmind
Have we lost our normal human reactions through social media, I feel anyone who needs healing to deal with anything should take some time off social media and heal physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. Do not be a victim of FOMO. Find your own happiness and even if no one is doing what makes you happy learn to do it alone.
Thanks, Phoenix – Live Love Laugh Learn.