My commute to work each morning consists of a 40 minute walk and when I leave my flat in Windsor, I follow almost the same routine.
I first turn on the radio or play music on my iPhone. I then go on Twitter to see what the people I follow have posted whilst I’ve been sleeping. Secondly, I head to Facebook to see what’s new and if anyone has commented on posts that I’ve put up on graphic design pages.
After that, I check Instagram to see what new photos have been uploaded by the people I follow. Finally, I check Google Reader in order to catch up with my RSS feeds and read up on the latest news from the graphic design community.
I do all of these things because I am obsessed. I do all of these things because I feel I need to know what everyone else is sharing and talking about. I do all of these things because I do have a fear of missing out.
Leo talks about how ‘our lives are often ruled by the Fear Of Missing Out, or FOMO’ – and lists 7 reasons why this is deemed to be true:
- We check email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks often, in case we’re missing something important.
- We try and do the most exciting things, and are constantly in search of exciting things, because we’re worried we might miss out on the fun that others are having.
- We constantly read about what other people are doing, and try to emulate them, because it sounds like they’re doing something great that we’re not.
- We often want to travel the world, because it seems that other people are living amazing lives by traveling all the time.
- We miss what we don’t have, miss places and people who we aren’t with.
- We work constantly, because we think if we don’t, we might miss out on opportunities other people will get.
- We feel like our own lives are poor in comparison with the great lives others are leading, and so feel bad about ourselves.
Make no mistake, social media is the future of communication worldwide but I feel there is a fine line between social media enhancing our lives and taking over our lives.
Obsession is a part of our daily lives, but it is also important to remember what really matters.- Check out the rest of the post over on Leo’s blog. - Leo’s 38 life lessons I’ve learned in 38 years is also a very good read. - For updates, follow Leo on Twitter. ___________________________________________________________________________ Follow Davis Dna Designs on Twitter or subscribe to new posts via RSS.
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