The word fomo (not to be mistaken with its homophone, Faux-mo) stands for “fuck off; move on.” Its lack of semicolon is comparable to other minor details implied—though not included—in the transference of countless other phrases to acronyms. ex: the word “of” in OPEC.
Created as an addition to the lexicon of netspeak, fomo is ideal for a thread in which some twatrot insists on saying the same thing with slightly different phrasing under the auspices that this time s/he’ll make everyone else “see the light.” A mod or community member who’s had enough might chime in ‘”Dude, we all heard you. Feel free to fomo. Matter of fact, I insist.’
However, the inception of fomo came about in direct response to some Millennials with the attention span of gnats, who—despite the fact they’ve never read an entire book in their lives—still feel the inherent need to exert the time and energy to snark that a 5-paragraph post was tl; dr.
‘Fecking shit. I spent all morning writing a blog just to log-in tonight and find four lame-ass comments in response!’
‘dang, maing. 4 cmnts means u affected 4 ppl. imagine how I feel 2 get cero?’
‘Yeah, well imagine how *I* feel when all four say ‘tl;dr’?’
‘worrrrrst. it's like, whyd they feel the need 2 tell u that? bitches need to just fomo—and fast.’
‘Agreed. I don’t have to stop some author in his tracks and go, ‘Hey, I didn’t read your book.’
‘O.K. You can speak in English now…”
a state of mental or emotional strain caused by the fear of missing out.
• Evolutionary biology - an omnipresent anxiety brought on by our cognitive ability to recognize potential opportunities: The brothers had last-slice fomo as they stared at what was left of pizza.
• (with subject) desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease.
• A form of social anxiety - a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity or satisfying event, often aroused by posts seen on social media websites.
ORIGIN: acronym from FEAR OF MISSING OUT
The intensely annoying act of being psychologically and physically compelled to open social networking or email applications at innoppropriate times. Significantly the FOMO phenomena generally occurs during mid-conversation with friends and loved ones, usually resulting in the individual/s involved in the conversation, that are not afflicted with FOMO, experiencing isolated incidents of intense rage.
Individual 2: "It does. Ok, so do you think we should go ahead and book this holiday then?"
Individual 1 (FOMO): <looking down at mobile phone>
-- 30 seconds pass --
Individual 2: "I really hope that phone exploads in your hands and you are left unable to do that, at all, EVER"
-- 10 seconds pass --
Individual 2: "You disgust me to the core"
-- 10 seconds pass --
Individual 1: <looks up from mobile device> "Did you say something to me just then?"
Used when you've either been invited somewhere and can't attend for one reason or another. Or, when you haven't been invited somewhere and everyone else is going.
me: "What invite? No, I'm not. Is everyone going to be there? I've got serious FOMO"