Social networks have marked a society in which the need to feel accepted and useful leads to one of the great concerns of the population: the fear of being left out of plans, also known as FOMO (“fear of missing out”). This disorder, classified as a psychological pathology in the 1990s, has become one of the major mental health problems among the population. FOMO is related to the need to continuously interact on different social digital platforms, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or TikTok, and the fear of missing out on experiences. Intense feelings of restlessness and worry are characteristic of the social anxiety that FOMO causes.
The most common symptoms of FOMO include fear of being excluded from a plan, constant and compulsive consultation of social networks, the need to go to events even if you don’t feel like it, feeling that other plans are more interesting and productive, and having a feeling of restlessness when you are “offline.”
To avoid suffering from this social anxiety, it is important to reduce the use of social networks and compulsive consultations, focus on real and physical relationships and not only virtual ones, be selective with the events you attend, and take the time to relax without electronic distractions. Also, it is recommended to focus on the present and real life instead of always being online and worrying about what others are doing.
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