When I first heard about FOMO, I didn’t quite get it. I mean, why stress out about what everyone else is doing?
Text by Jorge Arauz, Editor in Chief. Photo by Chantal Lawrie | June 5, 2018 | Lifestyle

Why get jelly? Presumably, it’s scrolling through the sea of social media feeds, posts, photo uploads, tags, missed texts and phone calls of your friends and family causing you FOMO, so shouldn’t you be happy that people you care about are having a good time with or without you? But it’s gotten much more complicated than that. It’s an ego thing. It’s about not wanting to feel left behind. Or not good enough. Sure, everyone loves a great party and we all need to have human contact on the regular, but FOMO shouldn’t ever be part of the equation. It’s a negative plague that yields nothing but grief — and most of what’s causing it is based on a filtered version of someone else’s life…taking over the world with their new promotion, rubbing elbows at a swanky party with the rich and famous, taking selfies from who knows where…and more selfies…and one more just in case. And don’t even get me started on all the “photograzing” going on. So next time you’re sitting on the couch or curled up in bed obsessing about what your friends and family are up to out there in the real world, stop yourself and remember that the only true antidote for FOMO is in your mind. Fear Of Missing Out? No way. My FOMO stands for Fine On My Own. Try it. It might just change your life. JORGE ARAUZ, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.

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