Mindlessly, you open Instagram to kill time. Suddenly you’re inundated with pictures of all of the fun things the people in your life are doing. Without you.
You feel a pang of jealousy and think “why aren’t I having an awesome time right now?” That’s fear of missing out, or FOMO, and it’s here to stay. GQ has a “treatment” program for all of the quiet nights you spend at home, envious of those social media updates by your friend with the concert tickets. The truth is, they’re just as (if not more) insecure as you are at that very moment:
#FOMO is an unwinnable game. Even for the people in the very pictures that are eliciting our jealousy. All those Instagram hotshots who are always doing the most exciting, most enviable, most fashionable and champagne-y stuff? They are, according to our statistical analyses here at the Center, the very individuals with the most hyperactive #FOMO. Do you know, new friends, how much work it takes to be one of those people who is at the right place at the right time, all the time? An awful lot of exertion—blood, sweat, tears, texts, e-mails, tweets, Facebook lurks, and most of all, fear—goes into making the social arts look effortless. It’s that fear that makes them work so hard.