FOMO into JOMO? ‘Amit are you on some kind of substance we should know about?’ 😀
OK some of you out there may possibly be wondering ‘what the heck is FOMO and what on God’s earth is JOMO?
So, lemme ‘splain
In this ‘always connected’, always switched on tech paradigm where millennials feel the need to shorten everything in order to save a few precious milliseconds, FOMO is an acronym which stands for:
Fear Of Missing Out.
JOMO is the antonym which stands for:
Joy Of Missing Out.
What is FOMO?
Quite simply the fear of missing out is exactly that. The ever connected millennial generation feel the need to be involved in everything going. People feel the need to hang onto every single WhatsApp group, Facebook Group, etc. Heaven forbid them dropping out… think of all the amazing things they’ll be missing out on!
What is JOMO?
It’s the exact opposite. The Joy Of Missing Out. The awesome Feeling of being content and staying in, being in your own company. Disconnecting as a form of self care and TLC.
We’re always in go-go mode, and to switch off, is a good thing. The choice to switch off can trigger a small amount of anxiety from the FOMO, however, once you start, it becomes easy, and any anxiety will vanish.
So you want to do it, but how do you begin?
Transform FOMO into JOMO in 3 mega easy steps:
- Mute or unfollow. We only feel like we’re missing out if we become aware of it. However, if you’re not aware, the ignorance becomes bliss! In WhatsApp you can mute groups so you don’t get notified of every single message. This is a good way of easing into the transformation. You can do the same thing on other aspects of social media, like Facebook, and on your smart device in general. For example, if you’re a Facebook group, you can set the notifications to be ‘highlights only’, rather than all updates.
- If you had no phone for 24 hours what would you do? This is a fantastic question to ask yourself and then try it. You don’t even have to go the full 24 hours, just try 10, 5, 2, or even just 1 and see where your desires and attention go. And when you fully immerse yourself into something else, you’ll gradually find that your FOMO will melt away making room for the JOMO you’ve been coveting.
- Turn off notifications. Every single app and device is literally begging for your time and attention. I switched off my Facebook Messenger notification ages ago and although it prompts me almost daily to switch them back on, I just won’t do it. The same goes for WhatsApp, but as some are crucial, I tend to mute all groups. The key thing here, is you have the choice. The power is literally in your hands. You can go into your smart device settings and look at the all the apps that are sending you notifications. Start going through the ones that are not important at all. Then go the others and declutter your notifications. Turn them off!
I said it earlier and I’m going to just say it just one more time so that you remember. You don’t miss what you don’t know, so ignorance is bliss. If you want to transform FOMO into JOMO this is the easy way. Within a short space of time, you will naturally forget all those things you thought you were missing out on.
Have you got FOMO? Perhaps you once did and you have tips to share to get into JOMO and if so how did you do it?