- In 2013, the word "FOMO" was added to the Oxford Dictionary.
- FOMO, an acronym for "fear of missing out," is the anxiety that makes college students and millennials feel like they're missing out on an amazing party, or that everyone else is hanging out without them. This feeling comes from the desire to always stay in the know.
Why do college students suffer from FOMO?
- According to a new study by Eventbrite, 69 percent of millennials experience FOMO when they can't attend something that their family or friends are going to.
- "For millennials, FOMO is not just a cultural phenomenon; it's an epidemic," the report reads.
- No one likes to miss out—and this is especially true for college students and millennials, who are attached to their mobile devices.
- Technology and social media helped create the notion of FOMO. Smartphones constantly stream updates from social media, where students can see their friends' Instagram photos of a night out, or video footage of a party on Snapchat.
The negative effects of FOMO
- Social media has not only coined the term FOMO, but also made it an epidemic. It's hard not to develop this 21st-century form of anxiety when one glance at your iPhone reveals a plethora of "awesome" things your friends (or enemies) are doing.
- Many college students juggle classes, jobs, and extracurricular activities, while also maintaining a social life. FOMO can cause students may often set aside important responsibilities, such as studying for tomorrow's exam (or even sleeping), in order to avoid FOMO.
- Avoiding the ugly side of FOMO
- If you ever feel the onset of FOMO creeping in--remember that an Instagram post of your friends having an incredible time at an awesome party, actually probably looks more like this: