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Momo

Mystery of missing out.

MOMO stands for the Mystery Of Missing Out, referring to the paranoia that arises when one's friends do not post anything on social media resulting in attempts to piece together what one may be missing out on.

Having friends who constantly post about where they’ve been, what they’re doing and who they’re with can get irritating, but at least you know what they’re up to. It’s when they post nothing at all that MOMO kicks in. Where are they? What are they doing? And with who? Not you – and therein lies the mystery.

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Many people suffering from FOMO are also affected by MOMO (Mystery of Missing Out). It is a kind of paranoia about things that are taking place without their participation. Such people feel anxious when their friends do not post anything new on social media. They assume that everyone is having a great time, doing such interesting things that they are too busy to even think about documenting the experience. Some people are even afraid that others do not want to show them what they are doing because they simply do not like them.

FOMO, MOMO and other related phenomena can cause problems with interpersonal relationships in the real world. When uncontrolled, they leads to depression, and also contribute to more frequent drugs use among certain age groups.

‘Log out’ to reality. Find the golden mean and follow some rules of "digital hygiene". Try not to use social media before bedtime or during a meal. Check the time you spend online and think how much you can miss by it. Establish new and maintain the old relationships in the real world, and focus your attention on the person you are talking to during meetings.

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