From a young age most of us have what is called a Fear Of Missing Out or FOMO. When we’re young we yearn to be older and when we’re single we yearn to be married and on and on it goes. Now that we are in this tech-dependent world it’s hard not to check your phone every few minutes. Or at least several times a day.
Instead of living in perpetual fear of missing out, many people are embracing a new approach to our always-on lives. There are people now who don’t want to be a slave to their tech gadgets and computers. They are taking time to tune out. It’s called the Joy Of Missing Out. Amid growing concerns over our digital habits, a growing number of companies have begun to take steps to encourage people to disconnect.
Google and Apple have both jumped on the bandwagon, adding features to their mobile operating systems that help users track their use. The challenge is REAL: On average, adults spend four hours a day with their social feeds. And 70% of employees say they do not disconnect from work even when they are on vacation, according to a Linked In survey.
With the holidays right ahead of us, I encourage you to take ‘time out’ and really enjoy some face-to-face time with your friends and family. Enjoy a healthy conversation with them and look them in the eye like we used to years ago. You can makes some great memories that way and after all, the only thing we can take with us is our memories. I can’t tell you the number of times I have been in the hospital and reliving memories have comforted me and calmed my nerves.
So here’s the challenge: Only use your phone for directions, ETAs, and taking photos. The rest of the time BE PRESENT in the moment. You will be glad you did!