The Fear of Missing Out

Fear of missing out is an anxiety of losing what we never even had, and could hence be described as an insane mental defect. However, it is common, real, and can make us feel deep regret for something that hasn’t actually happened. FOMO’s full destructive force can be observed in two friends who decided to invest their savings into bitcoin back in 2012.

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Here are also 4 ideas from our editors on how to deal with the fear of missing out:

First, if you want to spare your friends from their fears and FOMOs, be mindful of what you share. Not everyone needs to know how great your life is.
Second, if you don’t like your own FOMO, mingle with people who don’t compete in your domain.
Third, use it to get good at something or start a new career. Just join a group of people who are great at what you are dreaming of becoming and let your FOMO do the rest.
Fourth, if you want to close a deal, remind others of their FOMO to come to a conclusion fast.


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00:00 Introduction
00:21 Nature of FOMO
00:56 Story of Tom & Jeff
03:15 How FOMO affect us
03:45 Research finding
04:02 What do you think?
04:27 Patron credits
04:37 Ending

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