I'm an extrovert, people person, and social butterfly maybe to a fault. I get my energy from others and I’m happiest when I’m with people, friends or strangers.
A side effect of my constant longing for social interaction has lead to my self diagnosis of a severe case of FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out.
Missing family functions, parties, impromptu hang outs, game nights, or basically anything remotely exciting or fun gives me a major FOMO flare up. Having friends and family in different parts of the world is great, but only adds to it because, unfortunately against my truest wishes, I can only be in one place at one time.
Perhaps you or someone you know is living with similar symptoms of severe FOMO. If the following applies to you, fear not for you are not alone.
14 Signs of Severe FOMO
1. A piece of your soul dies when you know you’re missing out on a party or event… but you continue to torture yourself by constantly checking Snapchat and social media to feel like you’re a part of it.
2. The first time you have to miss out on a tradition, your heart silently breaks. The first family holidays away from home are arguably THE WORST.
3. You sacrifice things like sleep for the sake of social interaction... It’s 11pm when your friend calls from the bar summoning you to join, but you have to get up early for a work meeting… You can sleep when you’re dead right?
4. You are the go-to person of your friends when they need a wing(wo)man for the night because they know it’s extremely rare for you to say no.
5. That being said, people always assume something is terribly wrong if you deny an invitation to do something.
6. You have a hard time focusing on something if you hear laughter in the other room that you aren’t a part of. “What happened? Did I miss something? Fill me in. I want to laugh too.”
7. Normal people have nightmares about dying or monsters, but you have nightmares about losing your keys and showing up to a party after it’s over.
8. You repeatedly check your calendar for free weekends to visit friends, but finding a job to fully support your travel desires is next to impossible. Your mason jar travel fund on your dresser keeps you hopeful.
9. Sitting at home doing nothing on a weekend gives you anxiety because you know there is fun to be had somewhere that you may be missing out on.
10. You struggle with resisting to text people so you don’t become a pest and incessantly checking in on what they’re doing to make sure they aren’t having fun without you.
11. You have to consciously remind yourself that some people need breaks from social interaction. You mean, not everyone wants to hang out and talk to me all the time? Weird.
12. You love living in a new city and making new friends, but you can’t help but internally weep when you see your friends in pictures back home at your favorite old local spot.
13. Lying on your death bed in pain isn’t even enough to sequester your inner desires to muster up the strength for Sunday-Funday brunch. What if they sip on mimosas and take a basic group selfie without you?
14. The only way to numb your FOMO is to plan something exciting or fun to do as a distraction. Spontaneous roadtrip anyone?
My fellow FOMOers, we're in this together.
Oh, I just had a brilliant idea...
FOMO support group anyone? Sunday? I'll bring the mimosas.