FoMO - Fear of Missing Out

FoMO - Fear of Missing Out

EVA FREDERICK

At its best, you might feel a little twinge at the thought of others making memories without you. At its worst, you’ll be sitting on your bed in a haze of guilt and inadequacy because you’re torn between (I’m not speaking from personal experience or anything, of course).

 

This feeling is called Fear of Missing Out, or FOMO, and it on days when all you want to do is sleep, but your friends are hitting up the COOLEST party, it can hit you like a mofo, pardon my French.

 

“College is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” people say. “Live it up while you have the chance.”

 

And that may be true to some extent. Certainly, there are few other places where you are in close proximity with

 

When you think about the hoards of girls strutting Sixth Street in their stilettos, or the legions of frat boys holding red solo cups at parties, it’s easy to feel lame for wanting to stay in. After all, you never know what you might see, or who you might meet!

 

Stop. Take a deep breath. Listen to me:

 

It is okay to stay in sometimes.

 

There will be other parties. There will be other places to go and more people to meet, and your college experience is not measured by this one Friday night.

 

The truth is, you physically cannot do everything. No matter what you do, you’re missing out on something else. As you eat your breakfast, people are base-jumping off cliffs at Yellowstone. As you study for your Friday exam on Thursday night, there are at least 10 Project-X-scale parties raging in your area. You can’t go. And that’s okay.

 

Part of growing up is realizing that _________, and knowing yourself well enough to know when you just need a little break.

 

Sure, FOMO sucks. But forget about

 

So take this one night—and maybe a few others—to stay in. Drink hot chocolate, watch a movie, catch up on schoolwork, and catch up on sleep. You deserve it.

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