This generation is struggling with FOMO – the Fear of Missing Out – on activities, opportunities, social circle, information, and whatnot. When it comes to assessing the biggest fear of missing out, the one that has appeared in fear of Missing Information.
So what exactly the fear of missing
information is? When you feel that you do not know enough of what’s
happening around to stay included, the fear of missing information
catches you. This can be as a manager, as an employee, like a
Facebook or Instagram user, and over a conscious student in the
classroom or just an insecure person, in general. The ‘want’ to
know ‘more’ develops the fear of missing information.
To stay healthy and happy, it is important to get rid of the fear of missing information, no matter what phase of life you are going through. Following are some effective ways to do so:
- Do not consider everything an emergency
Everything happening around the globe
has nothing to do with your life. You do not need to consider
everything an ‘emergency’ and feel the need to know about it. A
Bollywood actress getting married might be pleasing to look at, but
it is not going to impact your life anyway, good or bad.
However, it might impact your mind. The
very next minute, you will want to have such a grand marriage and to
wear such expensive clothes. On the other hand, a person who does not
know about marriage is contended with what life gives.
- Keep your devices out of reach
We keep our devices close to us and
make sure everyone can reach us whenever needed or if there’s an
emergency. That’s how everything happening out there becomes an
Keeping your devices out of reach for
some time can make us focus on our life, and only on our life. When
your mind is constantly on every notification appearing in your
device’s screen, you are constantly looking out for the information.
Turn your devices into a means of
adding value, joy, and peace in your life instead of developing a
fear of missing information. The best way to do so is keeping your
device out of reach for a short time every day and setting limits to
the use. Thus, the lesser you connect to the outer world, the lesser
the fear of missing information lingers around.
- Include new activities in your routine
Most of the people, especially the new
generation, are caught up in fear of missing information because they
have less to do in their own lives. Going to school, coming back by
2, and lying in bed rest of the day makes your mind wander into the
Including new activities in your routine keeps you busy in your own little world. That’s when you have no desire to know what’s happening out there.
Think of what makes you happy and what
drives your passion. Sing a song. Paint a picture. Play basketball.
Make food. Take a walk in the nearby park. Adding such healthy
activities will make you happy and contended. All for yourself and
not anyone out there, you might or might not have ever even seen in
- Be more with less
Another way to get rid of the fear of
missing information is to be more with less. Knowing that a famous
actress is getting married should be enough and all for you. There’s
entirely no need to know how many ceremonies took place, what were
bride and groom wearing and of which fashion designer, who designed
the wedding, who attended the wedding and who didn’t, etc.
When you develop the habit of being
more with less by being contented with knowing less, the less feels
- Let go of illusionary happiness
Illusionary happiness is one big reason
why we adopt the fear of missing information. When you think that
knowing everything makes you happy, you lack mindfulness. You need to
let go of illusionary happiness. The illusion is a bubble that pops
after a while. When so happens, you look for ways to create that
bubble again, and thus, you look for more such information.
On the other hand, if you are contented
with what you know, your own little acts in your own little world
help you with mindfulness. This gives you permanent happiness and
impacts positively on your mind, which stays for a longer time than
that of illusionary happiness.
- Be where you are
A lot of people suffer from being in
one place physically and another mentally. When you want to be in two
or more than two places or activities at the same, that’s when you
have a fear of missing information.
For instance, you might be attending a
concert at the weekend. Still, there’s an important business
conference taking place at your university and a play on ‘Hamlet’
in a nearby theatre. Now while you are at the concert physically, you
are at the conference or in the play mentally. That’s how you are not
where you are as you fear missing out on the information.
So it is
important to make sure that your mind, your heart, and your body
correspond with each other. When they are in one place entirely, you
won’t fear missing out on any information at all!
Getting rid of the fear of missing out is important for this generation to stay happy, be contended, and more productive. If you feel yourself to be a victim of such fear, follow the positive ways out like that of mentioned above. It makes your life simpler, easier and happier! and there are lots of software tools available to support you.