FYFW 2014: Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

It’s my 3rd Annual Face Your Fear Week! Today we’re talking about the fear of missing out (FOMO).

Whenever your schedule is packed from morning ‘til night, whenever you can’t find a moment to sit and breathe, whenever you lose yourself on social media for hours, and whenever you can’t remember the last time you said “No!” to something, you’re probably dealing with the fear of missing out

The fear of missing out also goes by the name FOMO. It’s when you feel like you need to stay connected to everything that’s going on or else you’ll somehow be “less than” everyone else.

FOMO can show up in 2 ways: informational or material.

Your fear could involve missing out on news, gossip, or information so you stay glued to you phone, Facebook, or the TV. This also includes joining tons of groups and committees so you’ll always be in the know.

Or your fear could involve missing out on material things like a fancy car, trendy clothes, or expensive vacations. Keeping up with the Joneses is your favorite pastime.

No matter which kind of fear of missing out you’re experiencing, here are some easy ways to say No Mo’ to your FOMO.

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See you tomorrow for more fear and fun!


  1. Sarah @ Long Island Nerd on October 30, 2014 at 6:23 am

    OK I”m not totally fear driven 😉 I don’t think that I feel that burning desire to constantly be in the know and to have the newest and greatest items. I know it manifests a lot in feeling the need to go out to the hottest places and be seen and be in the middle of the social buzz and that definitely is not me. I think maybe the only way I can relate to this one is an attachment to e-mail that I have but if I don’t check my email for a day I’m not freaking out or upset about it. Looks like Thursday broke my fear streak 😉

    • Sage Grayson on November 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      I get a bit email obsessed too. I check it far too often, but I don’t know what I expect to find every time. A present?