FOMO (or Fear Of Missing Out) is a common term for young people these days. Especially in the age of social media, they constantly see their friends partying together, going to a new restaurant, or having game nights. And while this may sound like just a silly phrase to parents, FOMO can have a negative impact on the mental health of young adults.
How FOMO Affects Young Adults
Many people assume that FOMO may be directly related to the amount of time a young adult is spending on the internet or social media, but a recent study showed that FOMO was more closely connected to a person’s low self esteem or loneliness. For example, if a person is already struggling with negative self perception, being constantly aware of how “happy” everyone else is, or how much “fun” they’re having, can exacerbate the problem. This can be especially difficult for young adults struggling with depression and anxiety.
Tips for Combatting FOMO
While young adults can fall into the trap of FOMO, there are ways to deal with this societal pressure. For example:
Learn to Differentiate Between Want and Need: We are always going to want things, but the reality is that what we actually need is much less. Understand that the idea of “having it all” is a myth. No matter where we are in life, most people still have desires. That is why it is important to know what our actual needs are so that we can learn to be fulfilled when those needs are met.
Appreciate What You Have: When we slow down and actually take stock of everything we have, we feel less like we’re missing out. There are always going to be people who we admire and perhaps envy. It’s the idea that “the grass is greener on the other side”. Envy can easily become resentment if we fail to recognize the opportunities that are available to us in our own lives.
Quality Over Quantity: Rather than trying to keep up with every gathering and celebration that is happening, focus on the relationships that really matter to you. By being willing to say “no” to more things, you give yourself more time with the experiences that are more deeply rewarding. And those quality connections you create can help you stay grounded and remember that what you have is enough.
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We help young adults and their families overcome challenges that limit their potential. We work with bright 18-28 year-olds to address behavioral or motivational attitudes impacting their success in life. The Southern Idaho Wilderness, near Sun Valley and the Snake River Canyon, is a mecca for outdoor adventure activities and an ideal setting to thrive.
We help young adults step out of their comfort zone, improve their self-esteem, and help our clients build their confidence through self-success. Our program helps create positive changes and improvements through engagement and adventure. We have a supportive environment that encourages clients to push themselves physically and emotionally to create lasting changes. For more information, please call (208) 268-1380.