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FOMO: How Prevalent It Is and What You Can Do about It

reachout A latest survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has highlighted that on average one in two teenagers experience FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). ‘FOMO’ is the pervasive fear that you might be missing out on something great happening elsewhere, often triggered or reinforced by posts seen on social media. FOMO is [...]

FOMO: What’s the Psychology Behind the Fear of Missing Out?

free-stock-illustration The fear of missing out is an old, actually an ancient fear, being triggered by the newest form of communication: social media. Our survival as an individual within a tribe, and thus our survival as a species, once hinged on our being aware of threats both to ourselves and to the larger group. [...]

#selfies – you are worth more than the sum total of your ‘likes’

I was somewhat disappointed by last Monday night’s Australian Story, on the ‘selfie’ phenomenon. The thirty minutes were more about Olympia and her arty family than about the posturing culture, which is the current fad in teenage hood. I was however, intrigued by Olympia’s reflections of this ‘selfie’ culture, “We’re faking it, so that we [...]

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