In an era dominated by the constant connectivity facilitated by technology, the fear of missing out, or FOMO, has become a prevalent concern.
However, emerging research introduces the concept of JOMO, or the joy of missing out, as a refreshing perspective. Unlike FOMO, JOMO encourages savoring the present moment, prioritizing well-being, and finding contentment in opting out of unnecessary activities.
Anil Dash, an American entrepreneur, first theorized the term JOMO in a 2012 blog post. It signifies the happiness derived from choosing not to partake in certain activities and relishing time alone, free from the constant scroll of social media feeds. JOMO emphasizes the ability to be fully present in the moment without succumbing to jealousy or anxiety about missing out.
While the term gained traction on social media, especially on platforms like TikTok with over 53 million views under the hashtag #JOMO, its roots lie in the realization that missing out on certain experiences can be pleasurable. Dash coined the term after becoming a father and recognizing the value of being selective in one’s engagements.
JOMO comes with several benefits, including increased productivity, enhanced focus, improved engagement in relationships, and better emotional and physical well-being. It does not imply complete isolation from the outside world but advocates for thoughtful selectivity in choosing events and activities.
However, it’s essential to acknowledge that while JOMO offers serenity, FOMO can serve as a motivator to explore new experiences and gain inspiration from others. Striking a balance between embracing the joy of missing out and occasionally stepping out of one’s comfort zone can contribute to a well-rounded life.