What is FOMO?
Modern life can be overwhelming – we have access to so much information about what our friends, family, and exes are doing at any one time, and the pressure really feels like it’s on for us to keep up. As we look at their photos of super-cool parties and days out, their flirty conversations, and their too-revealing statuses it’s only natural for feelings of inadequacy to creep in.
The drop in self-esteem associated with FOMO can be difficult to deal with, especially at a time when you’re also painfully conscious of how well everyone else seems to be doing. It’s kind of a perfect storm.
Nearly three thirds of the world’s children will experience FOMO at some point in their lives
Do you have FOMO?
We’ve put together a handy symptom checker so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with.
How it works – we’ll ask you some questions and you’ll get advice on dealing with your symptoms.
Safety first – asking for another person
- the questions will be about them and be answered as honestly as possible
- if they’re asleep, they should react to gentle shaking
Please remember that some children have difficulty in describing their symptoms, or may show symptoms slightly differently to adults.
At the end of the assessment you’ll receive advice, such as:
- self care – for safely treating your symptoms yourself
- further help – when to seek help from an expert
- urgent care instructions
The next few questions will help us narrow down the reason for your enquiry, so we can give you the most suitable advice.
Things near you that you haven't done
Things you miss before the onset of FOMO
Things your friends have done since this morning
How many friends you have left
The number of people experiencing FOMO has risen by 100% every year since records began
How to Combat FOMO
Get some fresh air
Get out of the house more and leave your phone behind.
Learn to relax
Clear your mind of what other people are doing and find some perspective in the process.
Meet some new people and try not to immediately stalk them on the internet.
Remember when you used to laugh uncontrollably as a kid? See if you can find something that makes you do that.
Raise your heart rate
After all, you can’t Instagram and exercise at the same time.
Expand your surroundings
Get out of your comfort zone and visit places you’ve never been before.