Fear of missing out, commonly referred to as “FOMO” is a real thing. So real that it can cause anxiety in young people. This term has reached new light with the rise in social media. When young adults helplessly scroll through their feeds and see their friends having all types of “fun” this can impact their emotional state. They may feel like their life is not as exciting and that they are missing out.
Fear of missing out has been linked to lower mood and life satisfaction found in some young adults. Having technology at our finger tips increases the problem. One may become anxious when they are not scrolling through their social medias witnessing all the activities taking place on their feed—they may feel like they have to be the first ones’ who is doing what and where they are doing it. Social media can be a really great thing, but too much of it can have negative consequences.
When one is able to create a healthy relationship between themselves and the outside world, FOMO is much more manageable. Here are some suggestions that can help one reduce the onset of FOMO:
- Set boundaries. Create personal limits on cell-phone use per day.
- Power down before bed. Turn devices off and leave them in another room overnight to charge. By completely unplugging at night, you will sleep better and reduce the “fomo” that is onset by mindlessly scrolling for hours.
- Replace your phone with fun. If you are bored and lonely, resisting the urge to use your smartphone can be very difficult. Have a plan for other ways to fill the time, such as meditating, reading a book, or chatting with friends in person. Come up with excuses NOT to be on your device.
- Get rid of the apps. I know, sounds crazy right? But consider doing this so you can only check Facebook, Twitter and from your computer. And remember: what you see of others on social media is rarely an accurate reflection of their lives—people only show the positive aspects of their lives, brushing over the doubts and disappointments that we all experience. Spending less time comparing yourself unfavorably to these stylized representations can help to boost your mood and sense of self-worth.
- Limit checks. If you compulsively check your phone every few minutes, wean yourself off by limiting your checks to once every 15 minutes. Then once every 30 minutes, then once an hour. If you need help, there are apps that can automatically limit when you’re able to access your phone.
- Cut down your fear of missing out. Accept that by limiting your smartphone use, you’re likely going to miss out on certain invitations, breaking news, or new gossip. There is always something new being posted—it is impossible to stay on top of everything. Accepting this can be liberating and help break your reliance on technology.
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Foundations Asheville is a transitional living program for young men ages 18-24. This program offers support to young men as they seek a successful launch to adulthood. Foundations Asheville helps young men develop and sharpen their functional living skills. Coping with challenges like low-mood, anxiety, and difficulty following-through are addressed within the program as well. Students leave feeling more confident, independent, and prepared to seek a successful and healthy life. We can help your family today!
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