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.”



I like the way Levinson (2009) describes the few tweets like “I’m bored” or “I’m feeling good” as a “kind of virtual apparel or jewelry, something we ‘wear’ or send out to the world, like a dark hat or a bright necklace, to indicate our emotional disposition” (p. 136). This is exactly what our class was trying to describe when we were talking about people who tweet such things. Levinson then goes on to describe the political tweets, in which he refers to them as “campaign pins or T-shirts with messages” (p. 37). This is all making perfect sense to me now! Thank you Levinson!

Twitter can definitely be dangerous for many reasons but I definitely do not tweet anything provocative and I don’t use Twitter that much. Therefore, I am not going to comment on the dangers of Twitter.