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A holiday season to try JOMO

A holiday season to try JOMO
I suffer from a serious case of FOMO — the Fear of Missing Out. It’s the distress over not being included in something that others are experiencing or anxiety that one might pass up an opportunity, and I know the malady is pretty widely shared in this age of scrolling Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds.

The constant stream on social media and email, not to mention Zoom meetings, cellphone calls and texts, has kept me socially connected, yet is overwhelming.Over-the-top social media displays further aggravate the condition.At first, the pandemic gave me the chance to break free of FOMO and revel in JOMO, the Joy of Missing Out — enjoying what you’re doing in the here and now and not worrying about what everybody else is doing.My New Year’s resolution is to set parameters by limiting my screen time, keeping to a schedule, creating opportunities to unplug in the coming year — a walk, a hike, a bike ride — and embracing the joy of missing out.

My dance and exercise classes were canceled; I lost my job as an adjunct college lecturer; my car sat unused; I was sheltering at home, and so was everyone else.” “Should I make eggs over-easy or scrambled for breakfast?

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