#psychology #lizard-brain #anxiety #stoicism #mindfulness
Fear Of Missing Out is an anxious condition that forces people to act a certain way in fear of not being part of an opportunity that others are seizing, thus being left out.
Fear of missing out includes the following characteristics:
- Object: might be physical (an investment, a purchase) or an event (a social gathering, a demonstration)
- Expiration: availability of the object is visibly limited, either temporal, or physical (limited stock) ; and it is only going down
- Comparative loss: the object is coveted and, or seized by others. Comparatively to others, not obtaining the object would set one at loss.
- Anxiety resulting from it
When operating under FOMO, people might do things they don't want to do "just in case" "something" might happen, forgo things they had planned to keep their agenda open "just in case" another eventuality might happen, or deeply regret doing one thing because they might have enjoyed more another happening simultaneously.
They might also make useless purchases, bad investments, or enter detrimental transactions in fear of missing it.
Fear of missing out is irrational. preventing people from enjoying the present moment, and detrimental overall.
Social proof is one of the components aggravating FOMO.