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Posts Tagged ‘FOMO’

Do You Have Social Media FOMO? Take This Online Test To Find Out

Researchers from the University of Essex have devised a way of actually measuring FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), a psychological phenomenon in which fear of missing out on something (or somebody) more interesting, exciting or better than what you’re doing becomes all-consuming.

Do you suspect you might suffer from FOMO? The researchers created an online test so you can find out.

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Are You Suffering From Social Media FOMO? [INFOGRAPHIC]

FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out, is a psychological addiction where the fear of missing out on something (or somebody) more interesting, exciting or better than what you’re doing becomes all-consuming. It’s why some people always want to move on to the next party, simply because it might be better than this one.

This condition is prevalent in social media, too – a recent study showed that 40 percent of 13-67 year-olds said that social media had increased their fear of missing out. And as we all bear witness to the flood of updates from friends, global trends and shared online content, it’s a condition that’s only going to get worse.

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Do you Share on Twitter Because You’re Afraid of Missing Out? #Socialize

The real-time web has created new forms of communication, not the least of which is the lightening fast cycling of news stories, trends and topics on Twitter. For us Twitter addicts, logging off at 11pm often means you’re reluctantly missing out on dozens of new trending topics and shared links. Matt LeMay of bit.ly thinks that it’s this fear of missing out (which he dubs FOMO) that drives us to share and engage with content.
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