FOMO (Fear of missing out)

How do I teach my children to cope when they miss out on something, when at times I hate missing out too. This week a group of friends have headed off to Bali for a 10 day holiday. I am so happy for them as everyone deserves a break from reality. However, it is an opportunity I would have loved to partake in but just wasn’t able to co-ordinate everything.

FOMO (fear of missing out) is now a word used to describe what many young (and older) people suffer from. With technology at our fingertips, we are constantly being updated on what our family and friends are up to. These snippets are exactly that.. snippets of their lives. No-one wants to put an updated status of …’I just ate dinner of mash and sausages’… BORING. So everyone only puts the good things that happen, and sometimes these good things maybe slightly exaggerated too. 

I don’t like to miss out on the fun things in life, whether it be with my family or friends, but I understand that I cannot be a part of everything. However, it is always nice to asked. Cherishing in the moment is the most important thing, not wondering what I might be missing out on. When I am with my children, it is their time with me, and that is something that I do cherish. cheers natalie

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Fear of Missing Out is very real, especially in my generation. We live on technology and our lives our ruled by social media. I know that when I don’t have access to the Internet, I always seem to miss lots of Instagram and Facebook updates. I don’t think that I necessarily fear missing out on things but I do think that I can stress about missing important information. It’s so easy to miss photos, videos or messages that everyone talks about and it can only take one day to fall behind on what’s trending.

FOMO (fear of missing out) can be very real amongst many people. Not being able to join in on every little thing in life can be a major problem for lots of people. Since I have siblings, I see them do things on their own without me so I am used to it. As well as siblings, I have a massive family so missing out on things hasn’t always been an issue for me. I do think that having easy access to social networking that allows you to see what other people are doing, makes it easier to feel as though you are missing out.

The instantaneous jealousy that people can feel from seeing people do things that they wish they could do is probably a lot more common than missing out. I think that many people do have a fear of missing out and whether or not it is just feeling as if they aren’t wanted, it is a real thing for some people. For other people though I think it is more of a fear of being left behind and not knowing what is going on. If I were to classify myself into one of these fields I would definitely say that I have a fear of being left behind. see ya Ash

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