Fomo and Fokmo
I came across a recent article that I found very interesting; it talks about two new terms that caught my ear when I heard myself saying them loud!
By definition FOMO (FEAR OF MISSING OUT) it is an informal noun and means the anxiety or fear of missing-out on an event, seen or promoted on social media. Searching the web for an exact definition of FOMO led me to find out that it is a direct cousin to the word YOLO (YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE)! MY lord! I start wondering what kind of word we are living in; even our simplest sentences turned into handy acronyms… if we treat the language in such manners then how we treat our life! It made me think we are in rush living the maximum of events to the extent we do not have time to pronounce the actual sentence so we acronate it! Back to the subject, so FOMO and YOLO are related and they create another acronym in direct relation to parenting and kids FOKMO.
FOKMO by definition is the fear of our kids missing out! NOWADAYS we tend to joggle the time like balls, if we could find some morning time before school to have an activity we would not spare it. FOKMO is not letting our kids missing any activity there is in the neighborhood with friends… joggling all possible in order to feel satisfaction towards ourselves considering the activity deprivation when we were young (comparing to nowadays activities for our kids). I am not here to judge any parent or anyone! I have fallen to this state of mind long before anyone! However, it is good to admit ONE’S mistakes and revise the situation.