Fear of missing out

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Mobile phones now enable people to remain in contact with their social and professional network continuously. This may result in compulsive checking for status updates and messages, for fear of missing an opportunity.[1]

Fear of missing out or FOMO is a form of social anxiety — a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying event. This is especially associated with modern technologies such as mobile phones and social networks.

A study by Andrew Przybylski found that the condition was most common in those who had unsatisfied psychological needs such as wanting to be loved and respected.[2] The condition is also associated with social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn, which provide constant opportunity for comparison of one's status.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Hephzibah Anderson (17 April 2011), "Never heard of Fomo? You're so missing out", The Observer
  2. ^ Claire Cohen (16 May 2013), "FoMo: Do you have a Fear of Missing Out?", The Daily Telegraph
  3. ^ Simon Kellner (13 January 2013), "Is FOMO depriving us of our ability to exist in the present and take pleasure in the here and now?", The Independent