Did you know that FOMO was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013? That means, that for the last 4 years, the FOMO epidemic has become pervasive enough that the boffins at Oxford deemed it ‘real’. In fact, a study recently defined it as…

But it isn’t just the young ‘uns that are struggling. In fact, anyone who is spending a significant amount of time on social media is probably finding themselves more and more drawn into FOMO’s spiky grip.

It’s a vicious circle. The more time you spend on social media the more FOMO you feel the more you need to check social media to make sure you’re not being left out. She’s a harsh mistress and one that will manipulate you until you’re a gibbering wreck in the corner rocking and waiting for it to be all over…if you let it.

But here’s the thing…it isn’t real. For every party you’re not at because of work, for every event you miss because the kids can’t be left at home with a can opener there is a photo of you looking hot surrounded by other beautiful women that someone else is sobbing over.

As if by magic, social media is slowly but powerfully programming our brains to conveniently forget all the great times, the great parties, the great events that you were at and focus solely on the things you missed.

But that’s not all…it more than the stuff we miss. It’s the way that FOMO is slowly picking away at our insecurities telling us that we’re not good enough, we’re not cool enough, we’re not important enough and this is dangerous because the more unhappy or insecure we become, the more FOMO we feel.

This FOMO phenomenon can also screw you over professionally too. Letting your concentration wander, your focus fizzle because you’re too busy looking at what other people are doing…that’s a dangerous game to play. Being insecure about your product, your brand, your business will seep into your success and start destroying your motivation and your creativity. Ignore what others are doing…banish FOMO from your working life.

So, don’t let FOMO kill your mojo. Let’s all tell FOMO to fuck off. #FOFOMO

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