FOMO: fear of digital exclusion | Diseases and conditions.

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FOMO (an acronym for 'fear of missing out') means fear losing something on social networks or to be excluded from an event, forcing those suffering from this syndrome to stay connected to the Internet.
FOMO, an acronym for the phrase fear of missing out, means fear to lose something in the social networking, a virtual universe which has become an inevitable extension of life real for many people. Those who suffer this new syndrome need to be permanently connected to the Internet, and check compulsively networks, email or the WhatsApp, fearing to not learn anything that happens in your environment, to be excluded from an event or, what is worse, other people may be making things more interesting or fun.
The desire to learn about the lives of others and tell others - own exhibitionism or desire to prominence - are nothing new, the difference is that new technologies provide us with the means to do it immediately, and with images that illustrate what we have. Social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram allow that anyone can compare his life with the many others in real time.
The problem arises when disconnection generates anxiety and, when compared with others, the individual comes to question even its own elections. For example, when someone wants to spend the Saturday evening at home watching a movie or a football match while savouring some popcorn and a soda, and when a message on the mobile reveals that some friends have been to go to a party, you start to feel anxiety but not fancy at all attend, and no longer enjoys his plan because you can not stop thinking that they will go much better.

Tips to prevent the FOMO

That you've been FOMO on occasion or for a time does not necessarily mean that you are addicted to the Internet, but the misuse of new technologies can generate a dependency of the network which is suitable to prevent by following some tips:
People with FOMO compulsively consulting networks for fear of not knowing what is happening in your environment, be excluded from an event, or that other people make things more interesting than they
  • Sets priorities. Remember that the amount of information that you're capable of handling is limited and focus on people and data that really interest you or may be useful.
  • Dosing your presence on networks. Thus you will avoid being the weary group, and you will improve your image and your online reputation.
  • Take action. If you are permanently connected by fear to what you miss, what you're missing really is life. Instead of looking at what others do, and spend your leisure time to photograph, record, and publish your activities, enjoy good experiences and share them with those who care about you.
  • Takes advantage of the networking to enrich your social life, regain contact with old friends and colleagues of work, education or meet people with common interests, keep in touch with loved ones who live far away, and not to isolate yourself in a cyber ghetto.
  • Analyzes and reflects. Do you really believe that they are always updating their status and hanging pictures on the networks spend it better than you?
  • Plan your leisure, and devotes time to rest, to do nothing, to be with your family and friends, practice your hobbies...
  • Make exercise and outdoor activities. It is healthy, fun, and favors the disconnection.
  • Encourages verbal language while maintaining frequent, in person or by phone conversations. The tone of voice and gestures are irreplaceable when it comes to convey emotions.
  • Daily connection time limit. Set a maximum daily - 10 or 15 minutes - to access to networks and respond to the status updates. If someone wants to contact you, you have other ways of doing so.
  • Life changing. Can you suffer FOMO because you don't like the life you're; It is time that you wonder what what goes wrong and what you can do to change it.
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