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What Does FOMO Mean? 

By Elisha Baba


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You’re on Instagram when you see someone use the acronym FOMO, and you aren’t sure what they mean by it. FOMO is an acronym commonly used on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (X).

What Does FOMO Mean? 

What does FOMO mean?

FOMO is an acronym for the words “fear of missing out,” and it is used in a couple of different ways. One is to describe a condition, saying they have FOMO, meaning they are often afraid of missing out on something if they don’t attend.

FOMO can also be used as a caption for a video or photo depicting a certain behavior by a person in the video. FOMO is always read as a word, pronounced “foe-moe,” and is almost never said as an acronym.

It is common to hear people, especially members of Generation Z and A, using the word FOMO in social situations instead of saying the words it represents.

How to use FOMO

  • “I have to go; I’ll get FOMO otherwise.”
  • “FOMO, send me pics!”
  • “My FOMO is so bad.”
  • “I’m constantly dealing with FOMO.”
  • “FOMO (crying emoji)”
  • FOMO is used anytime someone feels they will miss out if they don’t do something.

Using FOMO the right way

FOMO is a difficult acronym to use, and you shouldn’t try it if you aren’t sure how to do it. The easiest way to use FOMO is to say you have it when thinking of not attending an event.

FOMO Variations

FOMO doesn’t currently have any variations.

Should you worry about your child using FOMO?

FOMO is considered a harmless acronym, but you will want to make sure that your child isn’t feeling unhealthy feelings, which they are labeling as FOMO. For example, they may be experiencing intense jealousy or depression because they weren’t invited to an event.

Either way, if you notice your child using the acronym FOMO, it might be a good idea to sit down with them and discuss healthy feelings and how to deal with unhealthy ones.