Jon Moton -High School Pastor Gilbert Campus
So let’s review. LOL? Laugh out loud. ROFL? Rolling on the floor laughing. SMH? Shaking my head. What about FOMO? Many of us (and our teens) suffer from this. It has been around for awhile. It just has “upgraded” in social media. What is FOMO? FOMO is the fear of missing out. FOMO is a form of social anxiety — a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying event. Maybe you have looked at someone else’s Facebook status and became envious or jealous. Perhaps you have even felt that your life (I mean status) isn’t living up to par. There may have even been times where you felt depressed because “everyone else” is having fun and you are, well, missing out.
We have all been there. We all have insecurities. We all have needs that we really can’t explain. The need to achieve. The need to be affirmed. The needs are there and they get more and more complex and sometimes unexplainable. What’s wrong with us? How do we stop the insanity of comparing, envying, and being discontent?
- We need to first recognize what we are doing. Before FOMO hit social media you may have heard the phrase “Keeping up with Joneses” or “the grass is always greener.”
- We need to acknowledge (and be thankful of) what we do have. I know this is probably the most difficult because we can be the eternal pessimist, but we tend to overlook what we do have and focus on what we don’t.
- We need to focus on being a the victor instead of being the victimized. It is so easy to fall into the trap of Eeyore. Remember him? Eeyore always thought nobody wanted to be around him. Which is somewhat true when we are always pouting.
- We need to focus on Him. God is not playing a cosmic joke on us. He isn’t keeping us from stuff because He is a killjoy. He wants us to know that only He truly satisfies.
It’s my opinion that this condition starts when we are children. FOMO is curable. We can overcome. Because He is the One who will never leave us nor forsake us. PTL (Praise the Lord)