I have it and I have it bad. Cold sweats, nervous twitches, sulky behaviour and increasing social network stalking - it’s official. I have been diagnosed with FOMO, the very serious ‘Fear Of Missing Out’.
It is viral, contagious and has the capacity to seriously overturn even the most confident of souls. For those concerned with catching the virus, let me break down the symptoms for you -
1. It starts with slight boredom on your part, roaming around with everything to do but what you really want to be doing, knowing full well that whatever everyone else is doing is just sooo much better than what you’re stuck doing.
2. Next is continued cellphone checking, with thoughts like, ‘Why is no one calling me?’
3. Thereafter, the virus takes hold. It spreads quickly, moving through your subconscious. There is no stopping it. You open your email account, you open your Facebook account, you open your twitter account...you have a problem.
4. Your subconscious is then stimulated, fully conscious now you perceive worse than before that the things other people are participating in are, once again, sooo much better than what you’re stuck doing. Their lives appear to you as (literally) picture perfect. Best part...WHY AREN’T THEY INCLUDING ME!?
5. You will resist the urge to call, mail, FB chat, tweet your interest in whatever is going down.
6. Thereafter you may fall into a deep sulk from which you run the risk of never recovering.
7. Panic because you are now safe to consider yourself diagnosed with FOMO.
The cure is easily accessible but it is up to you to recover. Recovery is a long, hard road made easier by considering these three easy steps:
1. Remember that your life has value too - call a friend and throw your own party.
2. The grass always appears greener on the other side - and its not; it appears plush because of all the winter grass and weeds and when these die off, there is no grass that side at all.
3. Pictures capture only the good times. Go buy a camera and take some shots of your own.