You’ve heard of FOMO, then meet its empowering opposite: JOMO, the ‘joy of missing out’
IN NEED OF SOME ‘ALONE’ TIME? MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE FINDING HOW EMPOWERING IT IS TO LET GO OF NEEDING TO BE ‘IN THE KNOW’
Whether it’s that twinge of regret when you see a picture on Instagram of your friends having a blast at that dinner you ditched, or a niggling suspicion that shunning a workmate’s housewarming lost you some valuable bonding time with your colleagues, we all know about the infamous FOMO (fear of missing out).
But these days, there’s another player in the game, and it’s not only the polar opposite of its better-known four-letter counterpart, it’s also being hailed as the answer to managing stress and easing anxiety. Joy of missing out, or JOMO, is all about savouring some solitude without caring what everyone else is doing. It’s turning down invites and avoiding get-togethers without the worry of social demerit points. It’s about switching off from social media, unplugging from the world and learning to be at peace with your own company. And more and more of us want in.
A cultural shift?
It’s not hard to see the appeal – our search for ways to take the pressure off in increasingly stressful times means JOMO is the ideal catchphrase for a modern era, but why is it now a ‘thing’? With social media giving us a bigger window into the lives of others than ever before, the insidious fear of missing out has in turn reached new heights. Some believe our FOMO was first triggered by the tendency for Westernised culture to favour