Have you heard of FOMO? Stands for “Fear of Missing Out”. It’s an urban dictionary slang word; anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website. My Facebook timeline seems to be constantly filled with pictures of people looking like they are having the time of their lives. Hanging with friends doing exciting looking things, but could it all be just an illusion? Research has found that younger people are lonelier than older people because most of their friends are made online.
According to the survey, 89 per cent of them said they had suffered from loneliness, compared to 70 per cent of over-55 year olds. The “Facebook generation” (aged 18-34) have six times more online friends than “real-life” friends. The study also suggests that younger people could become victims of online fraud because they more likely to trust those they meet online. That’s scary. I remember one time my dad saying to me if you find ONE true friend in life you were lucky. The older I get the more right that sentence has become.