FOMO - What is it?
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FOMO is often described as a phobia of being left out. FOMO is normally expressed in social situations, and caused by the fear that other people are having more fun than the sufferer is. It’s characterized by an intense want to stay constantly connected to what others are doing, while being completely unaware of what is happening around them.
Many people describe this kind of phobia as “sibling envy.” FOMO can take the form of feelings of jealousy, because they think that the other person is more happy or enjoying a situation. FOMO is also sometimes seen as a form of “tension” or “fury” because the sufferer feels that they are being left out of the decision-making process, or that they overlooked by their peers. It is not uncommon for people with FOMO to feel jealous of those who are enjoying more happiness and success than they are.
Some people experience FOMO during the early stages of childhood, which is often brought on by the fear of being abandoned by their parents. In addition, some people experience FOMO in adulthood, when they feel that their own families may be unhappy in life and also missing some important events. It is very common for people who have FOMO to also experience feelings of loneliness. They may find it hard to make new friends and to develop close relationships with co-workers and fellow students.
People with FOMO often complain that they feel uncomfortable in social situations and that their friends do not seem to care if they are having fun or if they are not. Sometimes these people even feel as though they from social activities. They often find that their feelings of anxiety and guilt rise, even when they are at the most relaxed and enjoyable times. The fear of being left out, and the feeling of social inadequacy, only increase the symptoms of FOMO. Those suffering from this disorder may even be unable to participate in social activities due to the fear of being left out, and may feel like they need to hide in order to avoid the humiliation of having to attend a party or group event. These feelings cause people with FOMO to withdraw from society and isolate themselves from friends and family.
The fear of missing out can be debilitating in one way or another. FOMO may cause a sufferer to become fearful of not having enough friends and to avoid going out. It can also lead to a decrease in one’s self-confidence, as they believe that other people are judging them or judging them harshly based on their appearances.
The fear of missing out is often thought of as a “self-fulfilling” fear. People who have FOMO often worry that they are not good enough, or that they are not in control of their lives, and that they are somehow being punished because of this fear.