The Brief: FOMO is short for "fear of missing out" and refers to the feeling someone might get when they don't really want to do something, but they're afraid they'll regret passing up the opportunity.
FOMO is short for “fear of missing out” and refers to the feeling someone might get when they don’t really want to do something, but they’re afraid they’ll regret passing up the opportunity. The term can also refer to a feeling of regret or being left out that someone feels when other people are at an event they wanted to go to. Social media can exacerbate FOMO as it is easier to see posts and pictures of what someone missed out on.
I have Comic-Con fomo but at least the selfie lighting is good here pic.twitter.com/na46iKxjtJ
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 21, 2018
My whole life is a fomo.
— Ashley Osborn (@ashleyophoto) July 20, 2018
If you can get through fomo you can get through just about anything. Sitting at home while all your friends are at a festival is by far the worst feeling on the planet
— Bassneckhair (@JordanKarlik) July 15, 2018