Fomo: Fear of Missing Out

Do you feel like you are missing something when there is an event that you missed at the last moment? Do you stay curious when you stay away from the agenda? Has it become a habit to update your Instagram account frequently during the day? Then you may have ”FoMO”.

FoMO, (Fear of Missing Out), with the Turkish name “Fear of Missing Out” (GKK), is a type of social anxiety caused by the anxiety of missing out on entertainment when one is away from certain environments. This term has become a real phenomenon with research done today. In particular, the development of technology and the increase in the prevalence of social media use have increased this anxiety. Being aware of the latest updates, the desire to catch the latest trends, the attractiveness of the new gives us the urge to refresh the page, and this little act that becomes a habit over time can cause social anxiety. Technology tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare promise social interaction and sufficient social connection (Ellison, Steinfield & Lampe, 2007).

Fear of Missing Out (GKK) is a concept that has come to the fore in recent years and is associated with problematic internet-social media use. It has been found that TCC, which is defined as an anxiety that occurs when social media cannot be used, especially in young individuals, negatively affects well-being in studies (Metin, Pehlivan & Tarhan, 2017). Symptoms of FoMO are the following actions:

– A constant desire to engage in social media

– Constant desire to share,

– The desire to follow a person, page or group and spend more than 1 hour a day on social media.

If you also have these symptoms, we can talk about the presence of FoMO. But FoMO is not a disease. It is a condition named against the fear of missing out on developments.

So how can we deal with this situation? Among the reasons for the emergence of FoMO, there may be many factors depending on the person. Dissatisfaction, feeling unhappy, may cause an increase in social media and phone use. In this case, going to the source of the problem will help us a lot in terms of understanding the problem.

Another factor may be related to where we mostly focus our attention. Being constantly aware of other people’s lives can put us in a dilemma about the quality of our own lives. While everyone shows how happy they are in the stories they share, we can feel inadequate. But the reality is not like that. We should not forget that there are ups and downs in everyone’s life, and the social media profile gives very little information about the person. If we focus our attention on the things we have, our family, the judgments and beauty we value, seeing the latest updates will no longer be such a big deal. The most important thing is to be able to recognize the presence of FoMO.

The high frequency of entering Social Media is sometimes not noticed by people and/or is considered normal. At this point, it will be healthy to get help from relevant experts if we are objective and observe the situation of suffering from this situation. Although it may seem like a minor problem today, it may take its place among the diseases that may occur due to technology in the future, or it may cause the growth of an existing problem (anxiety, depression, etc.). Early prevention and awareness will prevent problems from progressing.

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