I guess FOMO has always been a thing. The Fear of Missing Out. I remember wanting what other kids had, or wanting to be in on the conversation, or see the latest movie. You usually get over it as you grow up. But nowadays, FOMO is a huge thing. We have social media to blame. In an instant, people can visually and verbally vomit the awesomeness of whatever, and either people get jealous or pissed.
The jealous part: "I wish I could take that vacation to Aruba and I wish I had that bikini body." (real FB post) or (inner dialogue) "I really need to see Avengers: Endgame. Everyone is talking about it and they're so cool, and I'm not."
The pissed part: "If wish Game of Thrones fans knew how to spell. G.O.T. and GOT are two different things!" (real FB post)
Everybody take a deep breath. I'm not going to see Avengers, and I don't care if everyone is talking about it. Why? Because eff FOMO! The only superhero I truly dig is Wonder-f8ckin-Woman! But that doesn't mean I feel left out about the superhero world or get angry over all the Avengers posts on social media.
Then, there's the pissed FOMO. That's when a person deep down inside has FOMO, but turns it into superiority behavior. In regards to Game of Thrones fans knowing how to spell, well, I can tell the person who posted the above rant that we (I'm a Thrones fan) CAN indeed spell. HBO markets the abbreviation of Game of Thrones as GoT. No periods. No ALL CAPS. But since said person is not a fan, she would not know that. So, your post tryin' to throw shade at GoT fans backfired. Research, baby girl. Research.
The biggest take away? Eff FOMO. If you don't care, who cares? Why waste your time posting how you don't care. I don't care to watch American Idol. But I'm not posting how I "just don't get it" or how the show is lame. Just chill. Care about what you care about and proceed with your life. Your FOMO is stopping you from living your life. And your life is just as wonderful. Just as cool. Just as awesome.
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