The Meaning Of "FOMO"
FOMO stands for "fear of missing out", a psychological syndrome. This is a phrase that refers to someone's fear of missing out on an opportunity. People with this syndrome often feel anxious, afraid that they will miss something. They always think that the people around them will get what they don't have.
People with FOMO syndrome often act irrationally, leading to wrong decisions and unfortunate consequences.
The effects of psychosocial syndrome
Fomo, although rather vague, can have easily observable effects. If we pay close attention, we can catch this psychological syndrome anytime and anywhere. Eg:
Status "glued" to the phone: Even when you are driving or doing anything, you still don't want to miss any updates from people on Facebook or other social networking sites like Twiter, TikTok, etc. So you are always "glued" to your phone screen to wait for people's posts or a new notification from social networking sites.
Distractions during work: Fomo can cause you to lose focus or stop working to answer an unrelated and unimportant phone call, text, or email. Moreover, this syndrome also makes you constantly check your phone and not focus on work for fear that you will miss messages or calls.
You can buy a lot of unnecessary luxuries at once because you fear that you might miss out on a product with many improvements even though your old phone or gadget can still be used. Feeling anxious to buy trendy products right away is seen as a sign of Fomo syndrome. So, to overcome this situation, you should calmly wait for a while to see if you really want to own it or not and if it helps you or not.
You're afraid of missing out on the important things in life. Phones and social media can interrupt your work meeting or even a romantic date. Fomo syndrome can make you not pay much attention to your relationship or career but always want to stay up-to-date with all the new information that appears on social networks.
You have too many unimportant relationships. Sometimes you accept a friend request from someone because you want the opportunity to meet new people and expand your relationship.
You can date just to be like the people around you, not because you want to be yourself. When you see that everyone around you is happy in their relationship, FOMO syndrome can make you feel the need to find yourself a relationship like everyone else. Sometimes, you make hasty and incomplete decisions in a relationship that can lead you to make the wrong choices. While it's possible that getting into a relationship may make you temporarily satisfied with your current situation, it won't bring you lasting happiness or joy. Try to wait until you can meet someone who really makes you feel happy and joyful when going into a relationship with you.
How to improve the effects of psychosomatic syndrome
Track Negative Thoughts: You can keep track of your negative thoughts and feelings in a diary. Once you track how often you experience negative thoughts and feelings, you need to keep a record of what you did when the situation occurred.
You can replace negative thoughts with more rational ones.
Make plans to move away from electronics and technology. This is also considered a natural treatment for psychosomatic syndromes. You can use do not disturb phone mode or turn off all notification modes temporarily. In addition, you often turn to reading or doing whatever you feel like to reduce your attention to your phone or social media.
You can practice mindfulness to help you stay focused on whatever you want to do in the present moment.