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02 July 2012

SA in the grip of ‘FOMO’ addiction

A new epidemic, called FOMO, defined as the ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ on something more interesting, exciting or better than what we are currently doing, is sweeping South Africa.

A new epidemic, called FOMO, defined as the ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ on something more interesting, exciting or better than what we are currently doing, is sweeping South Africa.

Mariska Fouche, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, one of SA’s leading colds and flu medicine providers, says FOMO wreaks havoc with our immune system.

  • Realise that you are not alone.
  • If you have opted to stay home, make peace with it and switch off your phone. Yes, switch off your phone!
  • If someone tweets about you missing out and it makes you feel a bit FOMOish, then tweet back and say ‘Let me know about the next one.’
  • There is always going to be someone experiencing great things with or without you, so accept that you can’t possibly be part of every single experience and move on.
  • People often portray their idealised selves on Facebook but try to keep it real and live your own best life. 

 
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