or jo·mo

[ joh-moh ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ moʊ /
Save This Word!

noun Slang.
a feeling of contentment with one’s own pursuits and activities, without worrying over the possibility of missing out on what others may be doing: You can’t feel the good vibes of JOMO until you stop obsessing over everyone else’s Facebook postings.


JOMO: The Word You Didn't Know You Needed

We all know what FOMO is ... but what is JOMO?

"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?
See also FOMO.

Origin of JOMO

First recorded in 2000–05; j(oy) o(f) m(issing) o(ut)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022


What else does jomo mean?

JOMO is an acronym for joy of missing out and describes the pleasure of taking a break from social activity–especially social media–to enjoy personal time.

Where does jomo come from?

JOMO is the answer to the acronym, FOMO, popularized in 2004. FOMO stands for fear of missing out, and it describes the anxiety a person feels when they believe something exciting is happening and they are not part of it. FOMO is most often used in reference to fun or notable activities people see posted on social media.

FOMO‘s opposite, JOMO, was coined by Anil Dash, a blogger and CEO of software company, Glitch. Dash explained his FOMO inversion in a 2012 blog post called “JOMO!” He describes the joyous feeling of deciding to skip an event in order to enjoy a quiet night or to spend time with family. He came to the JOMO revelation after a hiatus from—you guessed it—social media.

How is jomo used in real life?

Into the 2010s, FOMO and JOMO have been contrasted in self-help articles and discussions of over-reliance on and addiction to social media.

Ironically enough, JOMO is often presented on social media as an antidote to FOMO, especially by those who are experiencing social media burnout.

More examples of jomo:

“Like it or not, we need our technology devices; we just don’t need them as much as we think we do. JOMO is about finding that balance.”
Hayley Phelan, The New York Times, July 2018


This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.

How to use JOMO in a sentence