There’s a recent phenomenon, particularly among the more savvy users of social media. Something’s “trending.” #FOMO, the fear of missing out, is popping up everywhere, even in everyday conversation (not unlike other hashtags). Combined with #YOLO, you only live once, the combination proves persuasive.
Of course, it’s not unique from social experiences of any other time period. If there’s an occasion for celebration, we want in. It’s just that now it’s easier than ever to be alerted to all the fun you’re letting slide right past you in real time. FOMO necessitates constant stimulation. This movie opening, that live concert, the other birthday: it’s all happening. And you only do live once on this earth. For many of us, our time needs to be as jam-packed and rewarding as possible.
So what’s the solution?
- Download the anti-FOMO app. There’s one for that, right?
- Continually track down suggested events on Facebook based on friends’ calendars.
- Become a cyborg. Use that tough exterior and well-oiled machinery to circumvent the system and #win.
- The less explored, but increasingly popular detox. It doesn’t even have to be from social media.
I suggest the detox. Slow down and rid ourselves of the stresses that even leisure activities can cause. Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still and know that I am God.” To rest, rejuvenate and #KnoGo is probably not such a bad plan. It seems we were designed for it. When we get back in touch with our Creator, relying on Him to give us purpose in the duration of our short lives, He delivers. Putting Him first can lend perspective on our social calendars, even helping us enjoy them more fully, with more purpose. This detox works.
For those of us who believe the Bible to be true, we have found a solution to our finite time here. It includes a hope of life beyond NOW and its present qualities. We wanted to make sure you wouldn’t miss out if you wanted to check out that party. We’ve RSPVed “yes” and are definitely going. Hope to see you there!
What are you afraid of missing out on? Comment below to let us know!