What does FOMO mean?

An acronym that stands for "Fear Of Missing Out", the unpleasant emotion associated with not participating in a limited-time activity.


Other definitions of FOMO:

  • Fear Of Missing Out. Means worried about missing a fun time or missing being with everybody.
  • A specific social anxiety related to the compulsive concern of maybe missing out on activities. This can lead to chronic check-ins on social media or other websites, which can be a time sink.
  • Stands for "Fear of Missing Out" and refers to the affliction of anxiety that occurs when some event or party is being missed. Often weaponized by retailers and game developers via timed events or special windows to get certain prizes.

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How to use the term

  • I spent all my savings just on concert tickets because the FOMO is real.

  • A bad case of FOMO means they're checking Twitter constantly to make sure they're not unaware of all the parties.

  • After being diagnosed with FOMO, I took a step back and reevaluated my relationship to my phone.


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