Social Media Gives Us Anxiety

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Feeling like you’re missing out on something, like everyone else is doing something cooler than you, is a very real thing. It’s called FOMO, and now there’s a test to measure just how bad you may have it.

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Do You Fear You Are Missing Out?

“Does checking Twitter and Facebook to see what your friends are up to make you feel like you are missing out on all the fun? Researchers have come up with a way of measuring the modern day concept of the “fear of missing out” (FoMO).”

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“As serendipity often strikes randomly, I was reading an article in The New York Times by Jenna Wortham the other day at the same time I was reading the chapter in Sherry Turkle’s new book, Alone Together about people who fear they are missing out.”

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“ONE recent rainy night, I curled up on my couch with popcorn and Netflix Instant, ready to spend a quiet night at home.”

Fear of Missing Out

“What is FOMO, you ask? It is short-hand for Fear of Missing Out, and it is a widespread problem on college campuses.”

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“Over 62 percent of some 3,000 respondents aged between 15 and 50 years said in a nationwide survey that they live in “constant fear” of missing out on something more exciting that what they are doing.”

Motivational, Emotional, and Behavioral Correlates of Fear of Missing Out

“Social media utilities have made it easier than ever to know about the range of online or offline social activities one could be engaging.”

Fear of Missing Out Quiz

“FoMO — the “fear of missing out” — is a relatively new concept where people are concerned that others may be having more fun and rewarding experiences than them. It is characterised as the desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing.”


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mattandsarahaschan October 24, 2013 - 12:44 PM

I am at 0, or medium FOMO. FML

kunstsein October 27, 2013 - 8:37 AM

I don't know any of these feelings. Reading/writing emails is annoying to me. And this youtube account where i mostly talk to the ether is the peak of my willingness to engage in social media. A talk on a phone and a beer in a pub with friends work just fine. If these people do not like the stress that comes with all this things, why don't they just opt-out, i wonder?

Chinch Bug November 3, 2013 - 9:59 PM

i did the quiz and my result was low

Lucifina Laurel December 15, 2013 - 10:55 PM

Apparently, mine is low.

Alyssa Nicole December 23, 2013 - 3:47 AM

my result was high

Skjegget Chege December 23, 2013 - 4:21 AM

I got almost the same as Anthony…

gme December 23, 2013 - 1:36 PM

I deleted my facebook, I get this more than anyone.
The fact that I have an open place of material for others to research about me makes me feel way to open.

aerendyll December 23, 2013 - 10:25 PM

I'm low to average. About what I expected.

englishpotatomaniac January 6, 2014 - 6:05 AM

According to the quiz, I have high levels of FOMO, as I expected.

Agbourke January 17, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Fomo lv is high on number 1 dident think was that high .

Eric Edwards January 19, 2014 - 11:35 PM

The Fear of MakingOut? Oh Missing Out…. Gotcha.

sicktoaster February 11, 2014 - 9:51 AM

I used to feel this all the time, and not just about social things but any manner of things I could imagine doing.

But I realize this will always be true, and "better" is subjective anyways everything is better than everything depending on how you look at it.

So I don't worry about much this anymore.

Allison February 13, 2014 - 4:42 AM

Mine is high.

kidindia March 1, 2014 - 8:39 AM

Very informative…

Intet Mane March 30, 2014 - 7:23 AM

Ratemyfomo is total crap. If you don't choose the absolute minimum you automatically get high rating -.-
There are only three possible results.

Disthron April 12, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Hmm… dose watching Youtube instead of TV count as social media?

Si1ver Acc. May 6, 2014 - 2:36 AM

guess I´m medium if youtube counts or the online news channels 

lexifantastiq May 15, 2014 - 3:36 AM

Took the quiz and mine was high :/ Though I knew it would be. My biggest fear is that my friends are all out having fun without me, though it has more to do with feeling unwanted. It doesn't help when those who are supposed to be closest to me, such as my boyfriend or my best friends, go out to parties and gatherings I wasn't even told about, which I then have to hear about and see photos etc. of later, or when the same people wait until you've left to decide to go do something, then plaster it all over facebook so I instantly know :/

Imafriggendino August 1, 2014 - 11:59 AM

Wow, I thought for sure I'd be on the low end of the spectrum, but I'm in the highest end…

William Aaron-Blue August 5, 2014 - 5:23 AM

2:54 pause lol

Quantum Diaming August 14, 2014 - 2:57 AM

It was high as expected.

Bea Mz September 2, 2014 - 4:09 AM

Mine is in the low section

DJ Lord’sPrince November 11, 2014 - 7:50 AM

I don't use Facebook honestly, mostly funny websites and reddit.

yas December 19, 2014 - 4:50 AM

I can hardly sleep due to feeling like something better is happening or I'm missing out on something that I'm not part of. I know I'm not but it sucks. 

Jeannine Owen Brown July 8, 2016 - 10:24 PM

Not into social media much…bored now.

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Esther Rose Zuercher October 8, 2016 - 7:56 AM

ummmmm that website is no longer what it's supposed to be!!!! is there still somewhere that the quiz exists or does it all lead to where this does???

Duskpede December 13, 2016 - 10:52 AM

it took me to some weird porn site

Paul Miller July 14, 2017 - 4:54 PM

This is one of the best videos I've seen regarding social media!

Sonia Simoes Ferreira September 28, 2017 - 6:10 PM

My score of fomo quiz is 18

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