What is JOMO? The Joy of Missing Out

What is JOMO?

JOMO stands for Joy of Missing Out. Coined by Anil Dash in 2012, JOMO emerged as a counter to the concept of FOMO, which stands for Fear of Missing Out.

While FOMO refers to the anxiety or fear of missing out on social events, experiences, or opportunities and is a close relative of the phrase YOLO (You Only Live Once), JOMO represents finding contentment and happiness in being present and disconnecting from the constant need to stay connected or involved in everything happening around us.

JOMO encourages people to embrace moments of solitude, introspection, and self-care rather than constantly seeking external validation or trying to keep up with the activities of others. It promotes the idea that it’s okay to miss out on specific events or trends and to prioritise personal well-being and fulfilment over social pressures.

How do you cultivate JOMO?

JOMO can be achieved by setting boundaries, disconnecting from social media or digital devices, and engaging in activities that bring personal joy and fulfilment. It emphasises the importance of being mindful, present, and appreciating what truly matters to you.

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