7 Tips: How to Get Over “FOMO’ on Social Media Platforms (Your Fear of Missing Out!)

Fear of Missing Out

How to Avoid Wasting Precious Time Through ‘FOMO’ on Social Media Your ‘Fear of Missing Out’

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Fear of Missing out on Social Media

Save Your Time, Save Your Money, Put YOURSELF First!

Whether you browse social media every day, shop online or are trying to earn some extra cash, you can get flattened by your fear of missing out, aka FOMO. This fear has become more and more prevalent over the past few years with the rise of social media and at times has even cost people money not only because ‘Time is Money”, but also due to unnecessary purchases!

Can you seriously go for a single day without checking your smartphone, tablet, or computer to update your social media pages or check personal emails?

(I am not talking about Work emails! FYI, these are a necessary evil you need to handle every day!)

Social media platforms abound and most people are guilty of being members of between 2-8 different social media platforms, many of these common and others you may not even have heard of!

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Unfortunately, social media has become commercially laced with the noise of an ocean of advertisers as well as people that post updates that have little to do with social life completely missing the point of the purpose of social media communities were originally all about.

Some social media platforms now control data so badly that THEY decide what to show you and what not to show you, with Facebook being a forerunner with these algorithms and machine learning.

As technology progresses and automation becomes simpler through the development of software, digital media managing assistants and automated posting programs, we are seeing more and more lives being lived through this mediums and not without them.  Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest and Instagram includes every bit of information regarding activity of its users to promote what they think is best for you to see, which has it’s advantages but is also used for advertisers so that they can get the best return on their investments by targeting you.

The Social Media Monster Causing the FOMO in Everyone!

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Fomo on Social Media

If you are constantly checking your social media accounts or posting updates all the time and you dont find it tiring and completely unrealistic in most aspects, you may have a problem.  Even more so if you do it to gain satisfaction from alerts and notifications based on your activity.

Often you will find they are relatively pointless and even repetitive but a part of your brain will slowly become dependent on these ‘rewards’ if you are not careful.

Are you tweeting everything from a weather update to what you are doing as often as you can? Do something more constructive with your time and start creating a bucket list of dreams and goals instead.

If you really think for a moment about the amount of time you might be on the couch or bed just staring at a little device in your palm when the world is all around us, it could be the start of wasting less time on something that brings little value.

I want to share some common-sense advice to prevent you from getting caught up in FOMO which can EVEN cost you money.   Advertisers prey on this!

Tips to Manage Your Social media FOMO

  1. Set some time aside each day to log in ONCE ONLY into social media accounts and only respond to authentic messages and conversations.
  2. When you shop online and find something you want to buy do a “support’ test.  Send a message to the contact details or use the form to query something, anything.  If the support is prompt and genuine, you can safely buy from the store.  If not imagine the sh** storm you will have to wade through if something goes wrong with your purchase.
  3. Trim the fat in followers, friends and even family down on your personal pages because surely you don’t want that friend in Thailand you will never meet? Get rid of people you know but they aren’t REALLY your friends.
  4. DO NOT post personal information about yourself or family members unless it is vague and on occasion. What you ate for breakfast is NOBODY’s business. I mean, really?
  5. Think twice before posting pictures that have information of locations in the background which can help predators find you or your children.
  6. Change your login details and make sure your passwords are properly secured regularly and keep your children OFF social media as long as possible.
  7. Delete social media accounts you don’t often use. The more you have to update the more time it will take from you every day. This can waste not just time but the energy to maintain multiple social media accounts with very little return.

Overdoing social media daily, affects life in many ways that are so subtle you may not even notice it.

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Fear of Missing Out

This can mean decreased productivity, less family time, mental fatigue and for some constantly comparing their lives with others and feeling emptiness.

Use social media responsibly and if possible, in ways that support your needs.  If you have a business then stick to the main three: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Fomo on Social Media

 CONCLUSION

Some younger generations may call me old fashioned but look around you where ever you are from the restaurant to the public toilet you are going to see someone on their phone, tablet or whatever device. This issue has even caused accidents and even death in many cases.

Even jogging or in the gym, some tech will be attached to listen to music or check pulse rate.  In some restaurants, people are checking phones EVEN while eating, enjoy the moment because a picture will never be as real.  Its time to rein in your addiction to social media and get over FOMO. The Fear Of Missing Out! Click here for help With Procrastination and Time Management.

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