Fomo, what is the syndrome that causes constant fear of being left out

Fomo, what is the syndrome that causes constant fear of being left out


Living with the constant terror of being excluded and with the feeling of missing out on happy moments that instead mark the lives of others: it's called Fomo.

Acronym for Fear of missing out, literally “fear of being cut off ", This syndrome, which Victoria De Angelis of the Måneskin also spoke about recently, indicates a form of excessive anxiety due to the constant desire to" be connected ", always in contact with the activities that others carry out and the fear of being excluded. A desire, explained by the European Institute of Addictions, which arises from a need for a completely human relationship, to feel part of a group, to communicate and be with each other within a limited context. One has the perception, however, that the opportunities for social interactions are much more fun than what you are doing at that moment, thus generating profound stress and strongly undermining self-esteem.

A phenomenon, of course, increasingly widespread and exacerbated by social media, because the platforms allow you to be constantly aware of the fragments of the life of others, very often moments that appear happy and exciting. "Fomo is closely connected with smartphone addiction as this specific device, which now accompanies us everywhere, allows us to always have the opportunity to check our social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp) and our emails, to always be reachable at any time and in any context we are ", they explain from the institute, specifying that those who experience Fomo are obsessed with the idea of ​​being always updated and always in contact with virtual relationships.

People who experience the Fomo, in fact, never detach themselves from their device, they always carry it with them, they never risk being without a charger and get anxious if they find themselves in a place where there is none. it is network. "The devices - conclude the experts - are part of our era and our life, they belong to us, however we risk developing an ambiguous relationship with social networks, for this reason we must always maintain a high awareness of the emotional need that leads us to use them. , of the space they occupy in our life and the value and importance we attribute to them ".