Are You Suffering From FOMO??

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When a Taiwanese tourist walked off a Melbourne pier while checking Facebook in mid December 2013 it was testament to the power of screen, which so strongly sucks users in they’re oblivious to their surrounding. But it’s also indicative of the power of FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out.

Thankfully the woman was fine, but as she was retrieved front the water, she kept a firm grip on her smartphone throughout the entire ordeal.

The fact is social media is addicting, which is largely responsible for the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) syndrome. A new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for MyLife found that 56% of Americans are afraid of missing out on events, news and important status updates if they are away from social networks.

MyLife’s study also reports that 51% of people visit social networks more frequently than they did just two years ago. And 27% of study participants check out social sites as soon as they wake up.

Although 52% of respondents indicate that they have considered taking a “vacation” from one or more social networks in the past year, only 24% say they will likely follow through. FOMO clearly is force to be reckoned with.