SBC Views Of FOMO As A Crisis In Society Discussion

Combine chapters 5 and 6 into your discussion. Discuss how the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) can be seen or viewed as a crisis in society today. 

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Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) refers to the feeling or perception that others are having more fun, better opportunities, more experiences, or simply living better lives. According to the text, this is not something new, but it has increased over time with the aid of social media and reality television. It is no secret that the younger generations spend a lot of time on the internet basically in other people’s business. Most of the time when people post on social media they are posting the highlights of their life. We don’t know what they had to do or the path they had to take to get there and we also don’t know what they are truly going through.

However, it is hard for others to realize that it is just a highlight, and that is when comparison kicks in and those feelings begin to internalize. Comparing your life with other people’s lives on the internet can cause a great deal of loneliness, anxiety, depression, envy, and low self-esteem. All of which can be detrimental to your mental health. When those feelings arise it can cause some serious damage. It can even cause suicidal ideations, attempts, and even death by suicide. FOMO is definitely a crisis in our society today.


The Fear of Missing Out can be seen as a crisis in the world today because of the need to be seen, included, and in the know. According to Kanel (2019), “FOMO is a feeling of anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere” (p.94). Technology has given people instant gratification and has created a society where people need to know what is going on. In addition, people need to be seen and felt like they are important based off of the number of likes and comments they get from their posts. According to Zhang and Mao (2023), “the phenomenon of fear of missing out (FOMO) has received increasing scientific attention because of the strong motivation to know the movements of others and frequent checking of mobile phones”. This level of instant gratification causes panic in people who may not have received an invitation to a event or got the praise they thought they deserved. The level of anxiety this causes can be alarming to someone who may been in a crisis state or have the tendency to have anxious thoughts. In addition to anxiety, FOMO can lead to depression, decreased subjective well-being, and harmful social comparisons (Zhang & Mao, 2023).

One way to combat the fear of missing out would be to introduce coping skills. The person in the crisis will need to first calm down and breathe. Second, the person would need to reflect on their behavior and their goals. One example that comes to mind is students who get in trouble for using their phones in class. At my school, students have to put their phones in a container when they enter the classroom to eliminate distractions. Many students have trouble with this and it is a fighting battle to get them to complete this task daily. The students who struggle with this task are constantly in a state of crisis. In the past, students have brought “burner phones” to put in the container so they can keep theirs without anyone knowing. This is problematic because students should be able to attend class without checking social media.

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