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ShannonGonter May 16, 2019


Ever thought about who invented FOMO? Personally, I never really did. It just wasn’t a thing and then it was a thing and I never really questioned it. Kind of assumed it was some trendy teenager that came up with the term. But it wasn’t. The term FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) was invented by Harvard MBA graduate Patrick J. McGinnisto to assist in business decision making (man did that intention go awry).


Ever wonder what was there before #FOMO?

Was there anything?

Were we missing out on things as much before?

Were we having this same fear before someone hash tagged it?

I spent some time thinking about and researching this and it’s apparent that humans held a fear of missing out well before the digital age. So, I spent some more time placing a name to it, and honestly FOMO at its core is ANXIETY. If you are someone who resonates with FOMO (often says it, posts it, thinks it…) but are having a hard time aligning with anxiety --- and are like “I’m not anxious, my mom is anxious, no, no you don’t know what you are talking about” (ding ding ding- your probably anxious and now maybe even a little more anxious because I’m telling you that your anxious). But it’s okay, you are not alone. Anxiety is a natural response to being a human and interacting with others and there are steps you can take to assist you in lowering your anxiety (aka FOMO) levels.

Let’s take a look at the symptoms of both and see if there are any similarities…



  • Stomach ache
  • Sleep issues
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dizziness…


  • Feeling like you’re going crazy
  • Fear of impending doom



  • Stress eating
  • Salvation
  • Obsessive behaviors (refreshing Snap Chat one million time in a minute to see if there is a new post)
  • Sweating…


  • Feeling like your temporary going insane
  • Panic…