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Research reveals relation between social media and the "fear of missing out"

It's likely that we have all experienced FOMO, the fear of missing out, at some point in the recent past.  That feeling of anxiety, lameness, or even depression when you see the
Washington Post
awesome picture of your friend's vacation or the blurry post from the awesome party is exactly what FOMO represents.  Who's the biggest culprit in the creation of this condition? Research says it's social media.

Justin White suggests in his article that social media and FOMO exist in a never-ending downward spiral.  He cites recent research that suggests  "people who experience FOMO are more likely to value social media as part of their social development."  White is concerned about the psychological effects of social media and FOMO.  As people exhibit FOMO symptoms they are likely to become more dependent on social media, further transmitting even more fears of missing out.

In reading White's article I could not pinpoint any ways to jump out of this downward spiral, until I read psychologist Ben Michaelis' solution.  His diagnosis: reverse the influence of social media by redefining each and every of one of your own experiences into a learning, growing, and/or enjoyable experience.  Don't find value in the amount of likes your vacation photos receive but instead in the experience itself, in the moment itself.  I think it is neither plausible nor necessary to put controls or bans on social media for certain people; instead we must teach people to stop wishing they were someone else and accept their own life's trials and tribulations.

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