Yet, if you're on social media frequently, the constant buzz of new information trains us to believe that something might happen any second that we don't want to miss. In a given moment, someone is tweeting something and though it's probably not important...it might be! As a result, we've been trained to be afraid that lack of constant communication, even at the determinant of our live conversations, could be disastrous. Of course it's not true, but it's real fear. It's probably the reason people form friends so easily as the beginning of college only to drop them as time goes on; there's an initial fear that if you aren't cool from the beginning, you'll be quickly left out for good.
I bring this up today because I had a little #FOMO incident myself today. The semi-annual Pittsburgh EdCamp was held this morning and, due mainly to the fact I've been out of town for the past few days, I decided to skip it. While I was a little disappointed to be missing the events, I felt I'd feel better later if I spent the day catching up and work and relaxing rather than jumping into something new. Even so, I've spent the whole morning feeling guilty. I'm well aware no major educational announcements will be made at the event, and it's unlikely I would learn anything revolutionary, but I still feel distressed. I find myself checking Twitter constantly to follow the barrage of tweets from the event hoping they'll be good enough to keep me in the loop. Irrational perhaps, but it's a result of the #FOMO that surrounds us all.
Thankfully, by 3pm, the event will be over and the #FOMO will end. Until then, my apologies to the EdCamp people for missing out. Keep the tweets coming and the rest of us will still feel in the loop.