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Posted by Anna Weissinger on March 14, 2016

The rise of FOMO and what apps you can use to prevent it.

Have you ever heard of FOMO? If not, you have definitely felt it. Here are a few apps you can use to prevent the fear of missing out.

Topics: Social Media, Instagram

 

FO·MO

ˈfōmō/

Noun-informal

anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

FOMO is an epidemic that is sweeping the nation. Just imagine it.

You’re at home, alone, you unlock your smart phone and open up your Instagram app…. And OH THE HORROR! YOUR FRIENDS WENT OUT WITHOUT YOU! It’s unimaginable. How were you not informed of this? Did they forget about you? That can’t be it, I mean for heaven’s sake you made them homemade vanilla body scrubs for Christmas gifts this past year. So you call them, offended that you weren’t invited and their response? “I put it in GroupMe.” GROUPME?? I downloaded it a long time ago when no one was on it, then deleted it because I needed more space on my phone for that trip to the zoo!!! You then race out the door at the last minute, only to find out… they have already left.

Don’t let FOMO loom over you. Here are a few things you can do to prevent it.

SLACK: WHAT ARE PEOPLE FROM WORK DOING?

Slack is a communication app that lets you categorize your chats, upload files, and even call people directly from the app. This is perfect for when you need to be quickly updated about an event or project in the workplace when you are not in the office. It brings a new level of intimacy to your normal work communication, making it easy to talk to anybody, anywhere, anytime.

KHAN ACADEMY: WHAT IS GOING ON IN EDUCATION?

Out of school? Feel as if your 16 year old sister is quickly becoming ‘more smarterer’ than you? The solution?  Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and out of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics; and their state-of-the-art, adaptive technology identifies strengths and learning gaps. Friends going out to dinner? There is no way they will forget about you since you’re the only one who knows how to split the check!

WISHBONE: WHAT IS COOL RIGHT NOW?

Never miss out on the latest trends. Wishbone allows you to create cards and poll people on what they like. It is sort of like a social barometer that gives you information on what is totally wicked cool and what is lame. Feel like voicing your opinions? Want feedback? This app is perfect.

BUMBLE: WHO IS COOL?

The dating game is like the game of Risk. Long, filled with strategy, and won based on conquering territories through the maneuvering of armies. Not the last one you say? To each his own. To simplify this process and to find really rad people who share the same interests, give Bumble a try. Connecting has never been more fun, safe, or awesome. Bumble shows you the people you want to see and lets you connect by a mutual opt in by swiping right. It eliminates that level of awkwardness after a connection is made, and sets the stage for how the conversations begin. Bumble also makes the woman make the first move, and if she doesn't say something to a new connection within 24 hours, that connection disappears forever! Looking for a date to that baseball game EVERYONE is going to?

GROUPME: WHAT ARE MY FRIENDS DOING?

Alright, you’ve heard of GroupMe, just download it already. It's like a private chat room for your small group. Have as many as you want, and it's always free. You can coordinate with anyone, organize a game night, and even keep in touch with your family all in the same place. You can even mute conversations if people start posting a little too much. Never miss out on an invitation again.

NEW YORK TIMES: WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD?

‘Unbiased news’ is difficult to find. Is it a myth? Do you have a better chance of finding out Donald Trump is Hispanic? Probably. One source that proves to be reliable on multiple accounts is the NYT app. With the convenience of news right in the palm of your hand, you are able to stay up to date on all important events in the world. Based on my own unbiased opinion.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS! Live your life FOMO free. What apps do you use to communicate? Bring it on! Tweet me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.

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