Wednesday 5 October 2022 07:12 PM Scientists link 'fear of missing out' with illicit behaviour trends now

Wednesday 5 October 2022 07:12 PM Scientists link 'fear of missing out' with illicit behaviour trends now
Wednesday 5 October 2022 07:12 PM Scientists link 'fear of missing out' with illicit behaviour trends now

Wednesday 5 October 2022 07:12 PM Scientists link 'fear of missing out' with illicit behaviour trends now

FOMO - fear of missing out - is the acute and often unjustified belief that everyone is having more fun than you, and that you're somehow being left out of all the fun. 

But this affliction, thought to be caused by social media where you see endless status updates and photos of your friends showing off their (supposedly) happier, more exciting lives, is just the tip of the worry iceberg.

In fact, FOMO has become such a problem that recent studies suggest it can manifest as a genuine form of social anxiety and even lead to an increased risk of alcohol abuse and depression among certain age groups. 

But now commentators are suggesting that FOMO is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to social media-related acronyms. 

There is now a whole range of afflictions caused by all the fun your friends are having on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat - and the chances are, you're suffering from at least one of them. 

FOMOMO: Fear of the mystery of missing out 

A more extreme case of FOMO that occurs only when your phone is broken or out of battery. 

According to the Guardian , it means you're afraid of missing out, but not because of what you see on social media - it's what you don't see that's causing you real angst.

Deprived of seeing your friends' photos and check-ins, you automatically assume that everyone on your Instagram feed is

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