It’s not something you get an inoculation for, however, it does have some serious side effects. It is also contagious. Many suffer with this “syndrome.”
FOMO is The Fear Of Missing Out! FOMO creates a yearning desire to make sure we know what is going on in the world around us. Some of you may read this and think it doesn’t apply to you. You may be wondering what could you possibly “fear of missing out” on that may cause any concern.
The answer is simple: A Meaningful Life!
Let’s face it, whether we like it or not, we all need technology. But are you using it wisely? For instance, we work and socialize on our computers. When we use social media, we bounce from one platform to another; Facebook to Instagram to Twitter and so goes it. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t use or enjoy technology. It
definitely serves it’s purpose, especially if you are at a car wash or stuck in a waiting room.
What are you missing out on? Perhaps one-on-one time with family and friends…where you actually communicate verbally? We are social beings. A lack of community usually results in loneliness and/or depression, yet, our society has succumbed to socializing with our heads down and without any eye contact.
Are we losing ourselves in the moments, while the moments we have are passing us by? If so, perhaps that is why many of us aren’t reaching the meaningful lives
we truly desire and deserve.
The grass is only greener where it’s watered!
App producers design their apps to gain the attention and loyalty of the consumer. Tristan Harris, entrepreneur, and former Google product manager, states: “They want you to use it in particular ways and for long periods of time. Because that’s how they make their money.”
They seize control over our minds leading us into a dark hole of emptiness and feeling detached
How much do you allow FOMO to distract you from your goals? What is society running from? Are we living vicariously by reading other people’s activities? Are we running from being alone with ourselves to avoid our own thoughts? Are we afraid of being bored? Boredom is a lack of passion and enthusiasm. How often do we try something different to avoid boredom?
Researchers have found that we are now so addicted and dependent on our phones for a dopamine rush, that most of us have actually developed anxiety which can only be satisfied by re-engaging with our apps. Dopamine creates an insatiable desire for more.
According to a new study by market research group Nielsen, American adults spend more than 11 hours per day watching, reading, listening to or just interacting with media. Teens spend approximately nine hours a day on social media! That’s longer than what we spend at work, sleeping, or in school. That figure reflects the “sheer volume of media technology that kids are exposed to on
a daily basis,” James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media told CNN. How often do you hear yourself say that you don’t have enough time to accomplish or do the things you like?
What would you do with three, six, or nine extra hours in your day? Do you think you can volunteer, visit or help a neighbor, go to the gym, a yoga class, do some reading, relaxing, walking, meditating, writing, sketching, try something new, or maybe take that first step towards a business you have a desire to start?
We aren’t going to get away from using technology. It has become an integral part of our lives, whether for personal or business reasons.
The real question is…What do you value?
Are you ready to take the steps needed to replace an unfulfilling habit? I can help you to find more time in your day and enjoy life. Don’t hesitate to tap into your potential!
Contact me. I’m happy to offer you a complimentary 20-minute phone session!