What Does FOMO Mean?

FOMO means a "Fear Of Missing Out." FOMO is characterized by the need to remain engaged with others' activities to ensure you do not miss out on something fun, exciting, beneficial, or profitable.

While FOMO can be a serious condition that leaves the sufferer feeling useless and unwanted, the term is mostly used in a lighter sense as a justification for attending an event. For example:
  • Are you going to Jack's party?
  • My FOMO will get be there.
FOMO is increasingly being recognized as a genuine phenomenon that can cause stress. It derives from a sense of envy and can also affect self-esteem. Stress caused by FOMO is often exacerbated by social-media sites, particularly Facebook and Instagram. These sites routinely present the lives of others as far happier and as more fulfilling than reality. In essence, social-media applications are providing a platform for disingenuous bragging, which sufferers of FOMO consume as a truth, causing them to compare their reality with others' non-realities.
  • My life is so boring compared to yours!
  • That's your FOMO talking. I didn't want the party, and I couldn't wait for everyone to leave.
If you suffer from FOMO, remember this: Everyone's Facebook is no one's reality.

Summary of Key Points

"Fear of Missing Out" is the most common definition for FOMO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Fear of Missing Out
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for FOMO

When I write FOMO, I mean this:

meaning of FOMO
The image shows a busy mum interacting on lots of social-media platforms because of her fear of missing out.


Examples of FOMO in Sentences

Here are some examples of FOMO being used in sentences:
  • Toby: Did you invest in those new oil wells?
  • Mark: Yes. As usual, my FOMO influenced my thinking.

An Academic Look at FOMO

FOMO is an acronym (i.e., an abbreviation spoken like a word). Acronyms differ from initialism abbreviations, which are pronounced using their individual letters. FOMO typically plays the role of a noun, but it is occasionally seen as an adjective. For example:
  • My FOMO makes me attend every session.
  • (Here, FOMO is a noun.)
  • It is my FOMO complex.
  • (Here, FOMO is an adjective.)
FOMO can also be written as FoMO or FoMo.

Example of FOMO Used in a Text


See Also

FOMS (fear of missing something) FUD (fear uncertainty and doubt) MIA (missing in action) DBS (don't be scared)