How Social Media Can Induce Feelings of ‘Missing Out’

How Social Media Can Induce Feelings of ‘Missing Out’

My friend sent me this link because he knew that I took a class on new media. He thought it would contribute well to my class, in which he was correct! It is a pretty interesting read, so enjoy!

Here is an interesting quote I got out of this article, “My problem is emblematic of the digital era. It’s known as FOMO, or “fear of missing out,” and refers to the blend of anxiety, inadequacy and irritation that can flare up while skimming social media like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram.”


Facebook Resisters

“The Facebook Resisters’ article written by Jenna Wortham (2011) brings a lot of thoughts to mind. First off, I don’t think that Facebook is going to go away any time soon. Yes there are people that are slowly using it less and there are people that refuse to create an account or go back on to their old account. I just think that there is so much that people do look for in Facebook; pictures probably being the biggest aspect. I love seeing my aunt post pictures of her two children going to the park or just random cute pictures of what they did on their snow day. I don’t think I would ever see them if she didn’t post them on “the book”. Many adults are creating accounts as well; maybe for work, to reconnect with old friends, or to continue getting updates on family and friends by looking at their profiles. 

Another thought that came to mind is that I don’t think people should be weird-ed out that you know so much about a person from Facebook. That person is posting those things about their lives so it is clear that whoever that person is he/ she wants people to see them. If you don’t want people to look at what you’re posting THAT badly then either defriend them, don’t post it, create a different account or accept the fact that everyone you’re friends with will see what you post. Although thinking about it, I think Facebook adheres to who and what interests you. So your Newsfeed is full of people that you most likely check on or talk to via Facebook.

I understand fully why people may not want a social network and it’s great for them; but it is convenient to create one big event without having to call or send out a group text,then having to worry about whether they have a smart phone because if they don’t then not everyone will see their response and so on. (Sorry for the run on sentence)


After today’s class and from reading this article, I think I am going to go through my friends on Facebook and defriend some. Although I hate to do this sometimes I think it’s necessary. The reason why I hate to do this is because I just don’t want to ever refriend them again for some random reason possibly down the road… who knows?!



I found this image on Google images when I typed in “Facebook” in the search bar. I thought it related to Facebook well because Facebook seems to take up a lot of people’s time. Some people get so carried away with “creeping” on their “friends” that they lose track of time. They might have thought they were only on Facebook for 20 minutes but they were really on it for an hour or more! 

Anyways, as for commenting on the chapter I found it interesting that Paul Levinson had so many friends in which he didn’t. I was thinking about the friends I have on facebook and I know everyone that I am friends with. I mean I’m not close to every single one of them and there are people that I think I should de-friend just because I haven’t talked or seen them in forever, but I just feel guilty de-friending them for some reason. 

Levinson compares Facebook and MySpace in their subjective and object differences. Subjectively people choose one over the other depending on which one they first made an account with. Also which set up they preferred. Objectively, Facebook seems to be the right social network to connect with your actual friends than MySpace. 

Levinson mentions a time when one of his “friends” on Facebook asked him if he thought that the Web was contributing to “information overload”. Levinson gave him the best answer he could provide. Levinson thought about how easy it was for his “friend” to have access to such knowledgeable information by just posting on Levinson’s Facebook. “The world of new new media has made a knowledge easier to obtain than at any time in history” ( p. 124). It is true, that information can be obtained so easily with new new media now-a-days. However, one should understand that it is important to check resources so that they are not given misleading information. In other words, “new new media provide not only resources of knowledge but resources to check and correct any knowledge that needs revision” (p. 124). Just like with Wikipedia, there are people that update information so that it is accurate information for those that read Wikipedia on a daily basis.