‘fear of missing out’
Q. Where do children learn the ‘fear of missing out’? How can the climate at home relieve this fear?
A. FOMO (fear of missing out) is nothing new. Social psychologists have long documented our desire to be affiliated with other people. Studies have supported that infants as young as eight weeks have the desire to engage socially with others. Today, FOMO is typically attributed to the prevalence of social media. Prior to Facebook, the opportunities for social comparison were limited to the playground or the PTA meeting. Now, parents have unprecedented access to the activities and accomplishments of families in their social circle. Thought leaders in the FOMO-sphere recommend mindfulness practices as well as gratitude journals to help us focus on what we have. With age comes the understanding that “there’s always more to do.” Seraphina’s Dad helped her understand that balance.
Melissa Gratias, Ph.D. \ International speaker, coaching and consulting, blogger, and author \ melissagratias.com