Monday, February 23, 2015

The Fear of Missing Out


These days, social media makes it so easy to see how everyone else is spending their time, whether it be through Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. Over the past few months, I've seen so many people talk about how easy it is to compare your social life, or just life in general, to others when everything is so easily accessible online. With just a few clicks, you can see pictures from nearly anyone, making it so difficult not to feel left out, whether you are good friends or not. When I watched one of my favorite Youtubers, Ingrid Nilsen, talk about the topic, I knew it would be something valuable to share with you all.

One thing I like to keep in mind is that you can do anything, but not everything. Say you have a Saturday night with no plans, for example. You were swamped with homework all week and need a night to yourself to relax, curl up in bed with Netflix and catch up on sleep. But then you get invited to a party with your friends that you know could be really fun. Do you go to the party because you don't want to miss out, or do you stay home and relax because you know your body needs it and you'll be just as tired for the next week? It's such a hard decision to make, especially when you know pictures will be posted on social media and you don't want to miss out. Lately, I've been trying to really listen to my body and do what feels right for me. A few weeks ago, I had the ACT in the morning and a party to go to at night. I was really excited about it, but after taking the test all day, I realized that I really needed a quiet, relaxing night to catch up on sleep. I felt awful telling my friends I wouldn't be able to make it, but in the end it was better because I caught up on much needed sleep. There were, of course, tons of pictures on Facebook and Instagram the next day, but I knew I had made the right decision.

Have you guys experienced FOMO as well? Share in the comments below!
xoxo

3 comments :

  1. Caroline you're absolutely right! It's so easy to get caught up in all of the things you missed, but you must make your own decisions based on what you need. Social media tends to make me jealous of some peoples' lives, but really, everything they post is just their highlight reel. Adored this post Caroline!

    Xo, Kate // asprinkleofkate.blogspot.com

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  2. FOMO gets worse in college because you have so much more freedom, but a quiet night recharging for a week of school ahead is sometimes more beneficial. While it's important to make memories with your friends, it's also important to find a healthy balance. Gotta learn to pick and choose the things you really want to go to and enjoy the things you don't through the pictures people share!

    xo
    Alex | Mrs. Mason Dixon

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  3. I know exactly what you mean. So many weekends recently I choose to hang out with friends rather than do my mountain of homework which is a mistake. This past weekend I got to relax and realized how much I enjoyed it. This post was kind of the last sign I needed: Me time is important!!
    xoxo
    Hannah
    www.frecklesandolives.blogspot.com

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