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1 big thing: The opposite of FOMO

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Here's a new term to add to your spring and summer vocabulary: JOMO — the joy of missing out.

  • Why it matters: We're familiar with FOMO — the fear of missing out — and the anxiety it brings, but reframing down time as a joyful part of life can rejuvenate us, The Washington Post' Richard Sima writes.

The big picture: FOMO rose in prominence as a phenomenon — and a source of distress — with the emergence of social media, which shows us a highlight reel of the exciting and enviable moments in everyone's lives.

  • Bearing witness to those moments 24/7 gave way to constant comparison, feelings of inadequacy and stress.
  • Research has linked more social media usage to more FOMO.

💡 Zoom in: JOMO was put to the test through a fascinating recent study.

  • On Oct. 4, 2021, there was an hours-long Facebook outage, which took down related apps like Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
  • Researchers at Israel's Bar-Ilan University interviewed hundreds of people about that experience and found that they were relieved and happy to be disconnected.

🗒️ Take action: As we've noted in Finish Line editions about the perks of solitude and digital detoxes, we can take steps to bring the JOMO into our lives.

  1. Schedule disconnected time to do fun things like cook or play games — and note how it makes you feel.
  2. Set hard limits on your social media usage by imposing time restrictions on certain apps or just stowing away your phone.
  3. Let yourself say "no" to plans if that time might be better used relaxing and recharging.

And most importantly, remind yourself that social media is a cherry-picked portrayal of peoples' lives.

  • The Post's Sima puts it simply: "Everybody misses out on something."

☀️ Lake in springtime

Sunrise on beach
Photo: Kirsten Onsgard

The spring pic du jour comes from Finish Liner Kirsten Onsgard. She captures the sunrise of the spring equinox over Lake Michigan, from Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.