Being constantly connected to the Internet through our mobile phones can cause behavioral or habit problems that ultimately lead to FOMO Syndrome.Fear of Missing Out”. The person who suffers from this syndrome is always glued to their phone or other device connected to the Internet and worries about missing any Facebook or Instagram comments, Tik Tok videos, or any news on another social network.
As a result, we would feel the need to always be aware of what the people who follow us on social networks and those we follow are doing, to find out about their lives and see if they have liked a post or have sent us messages.
What are the symptoms of FOMO Syndrome?
Among the possible symptoms that we can find within the FOMO syndrome is the phantom call or alert syndrome, which refers to the fictitious noises that one believes to hear coming from the mobile phone, for example those that produce the auditory notification of a message , a like or a WhatsApp. In addition, to this is added the disappointment of knowing that there is nothing new on the phone.
On the other hand, there is also the stress caused by delaying the reaction to a message or comment on any social network, no matter how small, making interacting over the phone the top priority. Often this affects many other aspects of life as work, family or friendships are neglected.
And what do we do?
En Healthy work We know that the solution is not to give up social networks or get rid of the phone, since this will not really help anything and we will only avoid the problem. We must recognize that the networks are part of our lives and that most of us need to use them, even if it is for work. It is not about avoiding but learning to use
To establish a balance in the use of the telephone, it is essential to modify the behaviors of the past. This includes changing network management habits for others that are more appropriate, sensible and careful.
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The FOMO Syndrome or the fear of missing out on something: do you know if you suffer from it? (2021) Psychology – Public. Available in: https://www.publico.es/psicologia-y-mente/el-sindrome-fomo-o-el-miedo-a-perderse-algo-sabes-si-lo-sufres/
Written by Julia Herranz, Health Psychologist (M-33168)