What Does FOMO Mean?

A FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is a concern that other people might be having rewarding experiences without you. A 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.

Summary of Key Points

"Fear of Missing Out" is the most common definition for FOMO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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:
  • Person A: Did you invest in those new oil wells?
  • Person B: Yes. As usual, my FOMO influenced my thinking.
  • Person A: Why are going to the lake?
  • Person B: FOMO because they might turn the fountains on again.

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. This depends on which convention you're using. Often in abbreviations, articles (i.e., a, an, the) and prepositions (e.g., in, on, out) are written with lowercase letters. The word Out in Missing Out is a contentious word. Some will consider it a preposition, while others will consider it a particle from the phrasal verb Missing Out. Those who consider it a preposition would likely opt for FoMo over FoMO, but there is also a ruling that the last letter of an abbreviation is never written in lowercase. So, there is more to debate than simply determining whether Out is a preposition or a particle.

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)