Did I Miss Something…


I recently read an article…by my friend…Christy Birmingham…and realized that…I have a disorder…well…honestly…I’ve had it for years…I just didn’t know it had a name…

Fear of Missing Out…FOMO…

The premise of this disorder…is someone who is constantly…using their mobile devices…to check in with social media…and their email…to be sure that they aren’t missing anything that’s going on in their world…well…except…maybe…
for the conversation at the table where they are having dinner…that is…unless…their companions are also checking-in…and then…there’s no conversation to miss…

So…this is a high-tech disorder…hmmm…maybe not…I can remember…sitting by my princess phone…yes…the one with the cord…connected to the wall…just waiting for it to ring…there were no answering machines…you couldn’t leave the house…it might be…him…or…it might be…her…with information about…him…

Usually…it was…her…for some reason…we did the indirect route back then…it wasn’t okay to call the guy you were interested in…but…you could call the guy that your best friend was crushing over…and…so…that was the social media of the day…

I suppose…now…your BFF…would post on the crush’s Facebook page…or…maybe…send him a private message…or…a chat…but…probably just a text…then…text you back…possibly forwarding you the text…or a picture…or something…regardless…there’d be…a whole lot of texting going on…

So…I’m thinking…maybe FOMO…isn’t a…new-fangled…high-tech…disorder…maybe…it’s been around…as long as there have been…boys…and…girls…and BFFs…and…I have a feeling…it’s here to stay…

Jane

4 thoughts on “Did I Miss Something…

  1. Hey Jane, Thanks for linking to my FOMO article! You have a great way of taking information and breaking it into chunks to digest easily. I agree with Cathy, you make me smile with your writing style! :) I'm honoured that my article inspired you! Hugs.

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