Welcome to Third Eye Weekly. On this podcast we try and answer the big questions with intimate, personal narratives that give insight into the human experience that others might over-look.
Today’s podcast is about the fear of missing out. It’s a feeling that’s become so pervasive that we’ve developed our own acronym for it. We see FOMO while surfing through social media, and can understand that it’s the very reason why so many people are on it.
Even off of the internet, our constant need to use our phones and stay connected has given that fear more power. Take away our ability to text, and many of us would feel overwhelming anxiety.
Our question for today is: How do we learn to cope with FOMO in its various forms?
We’ll kick it off by talking with Michelle Drouin, a developmental psychologist who studies the effects of technology on literacy, communication, and relationships. She has recently conducted a study on the phenomenon of phantom vibrations–or notifications that we imagine our phones are trying to send us.
We’ll also chat with Joseph Grenny, the coauthor of four New York Times bestsellers and creator of four award-winning training programs. He’s written an article for Forbes explaining the implications of allowing “likes” on Facebook but not dislikes, and what that kind of social stifling can lead to.
Lastly, for our Third Eye perspective into the question this week we’ll wrap it up by talking with Lee Rainie, director of internet, science, and technology research at the PEW Research Center. He’ll share some of his findings from a Facebook study that demonstrates more than half of its users end up taking an extended break from the site at one point or another due to overwhelming chatter.
Be sure to check us out as we take our questions for FOMO Week to the streets!
You can also check out a video of our interview with Michelle Drouin.
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