FOMO Formal Definition anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
I visited one of my school friends in the last month, and he asked me why are you suddenly became active on twitter? And I quickly answered I have a fear. Yes, fear of missing out (FOMO) on regular industry updates, what industry leaders are posting, what are they reading, and how they are approaching their work. He immediately responded FOMO happens only in personal life among friends. FOMO hits you when you hear stories of friend’s activities, weekend routine and travel plans from someone else. It negatively impacts your mind when you see pictures of how your friends are exploring various things, and you are not. I immediately responded, that’s not true; it happens in professional life as well. As a PM, I continuously feel I am missing industry updates, new startup launch news, funding announcements, conference updates, and many more. I think I have significant FOMO on these activities.
The rise in social media has significantly increased the anxiety of missing out on the latest topics and ongoing activities. As a product manager, I try to catch up on what is going on in the industry. However, there are always so many things happening. It is hard to catch up to understand every single event. But when I reflected on my friend’s question of why I have FOMO? I don’t worry about what my friends are posting on Facebook then why I am curious about the industry and things happening around me?
The question here is – WHY I HAVE A FOMO?
Here is the list of my answers:
- I feel I will be left out and will not grow further in my role
- I think I will not be able to talk about what is happening in the industry
- I think I need attention from others
- I want to network with others and build the relationship
- I am curious to know what others are doing
- I want to track my competitors
- I want to be a cool
- I want to show I am also a leader
- I want to create my digital brand presence
- I want to share my knowledge
- I want to learn a new product launched or new trends
- I want to learn from others experience
- I feel excited when someone shares or likes my post or tweet
This list will go on and on and on.
The first step in solving any problem is to identify and acknowledge it. I have already identified my problem and learned why I have FOMO. How about you? Do you have FOMO and are you ready to create your list why do you have FOMO?
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