While the acronym for fear of missing out (FOMO) may be new, the meaning of it is timeless. The feeling that you are always missing out on the good stuff in life is perpetual. The rise of social media has further fueled this feeling of always being left out. Across social media platforms, researchers are seeing a rise in posts where users engage in risky behaviors or create self-promoting or inappropriate content that could lead to further unhappiness and damage to their self-esteem. Connecting with more people on social media as an attempt to feel less left out can make these users targets for bullying or mocking online. If you have mental health issues, don't let fear get you down. Call Legacy and ask about our successful programs for Raleigh, NC depression treatment.
Updating social media profiles more frequently, over disclosing information about activities, and engaging with a broader audience may disrupt relationships in real life. Friends who may not have known that you attended a party or saw a movie without them can now find out in your Facebook post or Instagram photos. While it may seem harmless to you, there are much more significant social implications of these posts. Friends will feel left out and can experience feelings of depression, sadness or low self-esteem. FOMO also leads to feelings of isolation and inferiority.
The fear of missing out doesn't just apply to the social experiences that people share on social media. People report experiencing this fear when they perceive someone to be more successful than they are on social media. The perception of higher levels of success can impact relationships between colleagues and other professional contacts, introducing jealousy or other negative emotions into the workplace. Excessive sharing on professional platforms like LinkedIn can damage your professional image according to one study.
FOMO also impacts your physical health. One study found that those who reported experiencing FOMO also experienced physical symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, and headaches while they spent time on social media. The study participants also reported finding it difficult to concentrate on what was happening in the present and to experience their emotions fully.
Experts agree that regulating the amount of time that you spend on social media and limiting the amount of information you feel compelled to share with your social networks can help improve your feelings of missing out on experiences - both personal and professional. Focusing your attention on your own life and creating offline experiences can help you overcome these intense feelings of missing out. While it is difficult to break the addiction to oversharing and overanalyzing each post made by a colleague or friend, doing so will ultimately improve your physical and mental health. Getting offline and connecting with others will increase your connections to people socially and professionally which can open up more opportunities for you to participate in.
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