FoMO: Fear of Missing Out
or
FoMS: Fear of Missing Something

This idea has been around of centuries but only in the past few years put into a handy acronym that can be a Hastag or Meme. Wikipedia explains it as an Apprehension that you are somehow not in the know or out of touch. “People who grapple with FoMO might not know exactly what they are missing, but can still hold a fear that others are having a much better time or having a much more rewarding experience on the spur of the moment”

Did you get that? Just the thought that you May Be are missing something leads to fear

Wikipedia likes to blame smartphones but this has been going on (literally) for ever. classic literature describes FOMO in Shakespeare, Greek Mythology, Homer, and the Bible. It is just a new name for an old problem.

FOMO

Professionally speaking, FoMO happens when you are not attending a conference or reading a blog. No really. I have FoMO. Right now. Today (and yesterday, I’m embarrased to say) I found myself searching Twitter and Intsagram for updates on the Esri Partner Conference that has been going since Saturday.

I’ve attended this conference for the past 3 years and enjoyed it greatly for two reasons.

  1.  The attender to Esri employee ratio is about 3:1.
  2. Meeting other Esri Partners that struggle with the same (Esri) things.

This year we are critically looking at all of our conference attenances in an effort to focus business workflows and be intentional with our networking. This will cause us to have meetings with specific partners and ask poingnaint questions of tech support. This is not a bad thing but does not keep me from trolling a conference that I’m not attending.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I am OK with not being there.

I am OK with not being there.

I am OK with not being there.

I am OK with not being there.

I am OK with not being there.

I am OK with not being there.

I am OK with not being there.

I am OK with not being there.