What 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.

Examples of JOMO


Examples of JOMO
Is staying in the new going out? Forget FOMO, embrace JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out)
@ariannahuff, February 2014
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

Where does JOMO come from?

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JOMO is the answer of the acronym, FOMO, popularized in 2004. FOMO stands for fear of missing out, and describes to 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 itsocial media.

The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal

Who uses JOMO?

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…

…or are realizing that much of social media is about self-presentation, not reality.

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