Social media addicted teenagers are not the only people who experience the Fear of Missing Out also known as FoMO.
In fact, not age, but aspects of self-perception — namely loneliness, low self-esteem and low self-compassion — were more closely associated with the social anxiety that other people are having fun without you, according to a recent study by Washington State University researchers published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
“FoMO is not an adolescent or young adult problem, necessarily. It’s really about individual differences, irrespective of age,” said Chris Barry, a WSU psychology professor and the lead author on the study. “We expected FoMO to be higher in younger age groups, particularly because of the tremendous amount of social development happening at those times, but that’s not what we found.”