FOMO — the fear of missing out — isn’t just the fear of not experiencing something. It’s the fear of not being invited. To fight FOMO, some writers say, you need to “disconnect” and change your attitude and partake in simple pleasures. Congrats to those with such willpower. The rest of us have to trick our animal brains a little harder. To discover the joy of missing out — JOMO — we have to make three changes.
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Everyone does not have more friends than you, even though, as a study at UBC Vancouver indicated, plenty of people believe their friends all have more friends. Everyone is not going to parties you're not invited to, meeting a wide array of people across all backgrounds and slices of life, who come together in a rich tapestry of social circles that rivals the opening titles of Sesame Street.
The fear of missing out (or FOMO) is the feeling of envy and insecurity you have when other people are having positive, exciting experiences in their lives and you're not. It can make you feel depressed, cost you money, and stress you out -- but it can also be an incredible motivational tool. Here's why having some FOMO is a good thing.