In the social media age, we must learn to avoid FOMO and pursue JOMO
Many of us feel overburdened and conflicted when bombarded by material that is so very difficult to resist. Whatever spare time we earlier had is now being spent on social media, watching and sharing information in various forms.
What is the fear of missing out?
When we are busy on digital media, we are intentionally or unintentionally under the spell of FOMO (fear of missing out). We don't want to miss anything, especially the news and presumed fun that our friends are having.
There is an obsessive desire to check and see text messages and videos, whenever there is a notification sound. Even when notification is off, a powerful urge still compels many to check their mobile at short intervals. Whenever we post a message on, say, Facebook or Twitter, we seek the reward of "likes," or responses of any kind.
The joy of missing out (JOMO) Antidote of FOMO
In a way, the joy of missing out (JOMO) is an antidote to FOMO. JOMO is essentially being present and satisfied with whatever we are doing. We should continue to spend time on activities that make us feel happy, like meeting personally with our friends or reading books, or visiting the temple daily for prayer in our spare time.
The fundamental point that we all need to understand is that true meaning and happiness are to be found in real-time interactions, pursuing meaningful and close relationships.
People can experience intense elation and happiness when they spend time together. Our ultimate aim is to enjoy life to the fullest. Quite simply, we enjoy life by experiencing happy and joyful moments. Such feelings can be enjoyed only when we are fully present in those moments. Real happiness lies in the present moments.
We need to be intentional with our time. Instead of anxiously responding to FOMO on social media, we must learn to be receptive to experiences that give us, as well as others, the feeling of joy and happiness.
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