A new disorder
If you cannot live without the social media for even a minute, check out if you're suffering from FOMO - Fear of Missing Out.
Health experts say the constant urge to be in touch with friends and happenings via smartphones has left many youths suffering from this new breed of disorder.
"Absence of social media can lead to FOMO. One tends to develop uneasiness if staying away from social media is for too long," New Delhi-based clinical psychologist Ripen Sippy explains.
According to Ashima Srivastava, consultant, clinical psychologist at Max Superspeciality Hospital, FOMO is a form of social anxiety. "It is more of a form of social anxiety than a phobia. FOMO is a phenomenon where one feels pressurised to share everything on social media to show how much fun one is having," Srivastava told IANS.
According to psychologists, FOMO creates a strange fear of remaining isolated from the crowd.
"In FOMO, one develops the fear of missing out updates and important events; hence constantly remains preoccupied with checking mobile phones. The first thing one does is to check one's mobile phone to see if one has missed something significant," Sippy added.
Text: Somrita Ghosh, IANS
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