Logging into social media accounts has quickly become one of the most widely accepted addictions in our society, and social media users are suffering from FOMO because of it.
We check our social media profiles from the minute we wake up until the moment we go to sleep. This syndrome now has a name – the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). You have FOMO when you’re worried you will miss out on posts by your friends during the time you aren’t logged in.
According to the article by Samantha Murphy, “Report: 56% of Social Media Users Suffer From FOMO,” a recent study suggests that “56% of people are afraid of missing out on events, news and important status updates if they are away from social networks.” And the trend continues to increase year over year. The study also suggests that more than half of social media addicts would trade alcohol and cigarettes for access to social networks. Additionally, people are increasingly becoming overwhelmed with managing two lives – their real life and their online life.
Do you suffer from FOMO? What would you trade for access to your social media profiles?
Read more of the survey results in an excerpt from the article.
About 27% of participants flock to social sites as soon as they wake up. People are managing more social networking accounts as well. About 42% of study participants have multiple accounts — and the percentage jumps to 61% for those between the ages of 18 and 34. The average person also manages 3.1 email addresses compared with 2.6 from last year.
Although 52% of respondents said they have considered taking a “vacation” from one or more social networks in the past year, only 24% said they will likely follow through.