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Do you have FOMO or JOMO?

Last weekend I was talking to my younger sister and she mentioned that she was feeling FOMO because her friends were all going to have a huge birthday party but she was super sick so she couldn’t go.

“No, Monica, you don’t understand. They had live music, a super well-known DJ and tons of amazing food and drink! I had the worst FOMO.”

I responded, “That’s such a bummer, I’m sorry to hear that you couldn’t go.”

Then Emma went on to say that she was so sick. She had a fever and a horrible sore throat. She ended up reading a book for a bit, watching some Picard and then going to bed early.

“The only mistake I made was I got on Instagram and started looking at everyone’s posts and stories from the party.” She went on to say, “that made me have FOMO even worse. So, I stopped looking at social media and just chilled at home by myself.”

“Emma, that sounds like a drag! I felt the same way when a group of my close friends went on a week-long, stellar backpacking trip in Grand Teton National Park and I couldn’t go because I twisted my ankle the week before. I had FOMO really bad then.”

I continued, “Although, when that happened, I started reading mores articles and watching videos about JOMO.”

Sidenote: You might be asking yourself, “What’s FOMO?” FOMO is an acronym for the Fear Of Missing Out (Miedo de Perderse Algo). FOMO has always existed but the term started to be used around 2002 specifically with social media. JOMO became a term around 2012 and it stands for Joy Of Missing Out (Alegria de Perderse Algo).

Emma looked at me with complete perplexity and responded, “Monica, what the heck is JOMO?”

I laughed and said, “It’s the Joy Of Missing Out. It’s when we actually enjoy missing out on something that others are doing that we’re not part of. The idea is that we become more grateful for what we have or what we’re doing rather than worrying and obsessing about what other people are doing.”

She paused for a bit and then replied, “I love it! That’s a great way to feel calmer and more content with ourselves and what we’re doing rather than agonizing over everything else that everyone else is doing!”

“Exactly! Speaking of JOMO, let’s seize the day and go on a walk. It’s gorgeous outside right now!”

Wanna learn more about FOMO versus JOMO? Watch this BBC video," “Why you should ditch FOMO for JOMO”

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