Facing FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out

May 14, 2018

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 In today's society, our day to day experiences can be readily presented to the public in ways that are the most interesting, aesthetically pleasing, or exciting via sites like Facebook and Instagram. These "perfect" lives displayed on news feeds have aggravated a widespread phenomena known as "FOMO," or fear of missing out. Dr. Michael Bordieri visits Sounds Good to discuss the best way to address, overcome, and avoid FOMO. 

      The perfectly pruned representations of our daily lives and experiences can often give misleading information about the person who posted the images' life as a whole. These misrepresentations of the poster's life can lead viewers to experience jealousy, longing for similar experiences, or even fear that these seemingly important experiences are taking place while the viewer is missing out. This often causes people to avoid living in the moment, effectively missing out on the happenings beyond their smart phone screen.
        Dr. Michael Bordieri, Professor of Psychology at Murray State University, visits Sounds Good to discuss the growing phenomena and ways in which one might remedy their own FOMO, including cutting back on screen time and actively pursuing face to face communication.