Social media and the “Fear Of Missing Out”

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People engage in social media to stay connected and updated. Many of these same users tend to develop anxiety over being left out once they are offline.

A new study by MyLife.com found that 56 per cent of people have a condition called FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). This applies to the latest posts, events, news and status updates that occur when people are logged out of their social media accounts.

The survey also found that over time, the use of social media has shot up significantly, with 51 per cent of respondents saying that they visit their accounts more frequently now compared to two years ago. Some 27 per cent admitted to logging in to their accounts as soon as they wake up in the morning.

35 per cent of respondents admit they spend more than half an hour every day checking emails and using social media sites while 42 per cent maintain multiple accounts.

Despite the fad, a considerable number of users (52 per cent) have considered taking a break from social media but only 24 per cent think they will actually follow through. Among those who plan to quit or take a break, 41 per cent felt updates were becoming less relevant while 32 per cent wanted to use their time for other things.

A good number of people also feel the need for a solution that could help them monitor and protect their personal accounts. Among things people shun on social media are a flood of celebrity updates and petitions.

The online survey polled 2,084 adults in the US between May and June.


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