Could being a FOMO stop you from enjoying life?

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New research says being a FOMO, or having the 'fear of missing out', can prevent people from enjoying what's happening in their own lives.

Being a FOMO isn't a new concept – however as social media grows, it's presence in our every day lives means an unhealthy obsession with Twitter and Facebook makes people think everyone else is having more fun.

Researchers at the University of Essex have been studying for the first time the different levels of FOMO.

The study found that focusing too much on what your friends are doing means people are ignoring what they are enjoying in their own lives.

'I find Facebook rewarding to use, but how we are using social media is changing,' explained lead researcher Dr Andy Przybylski.

'It is no longer something we have to sit at a computer and log into as we have access all the time on our phones. It is easier to get into the rhythm of other people's lives that ever before as we get alerts and texts.

'We have to learn new skills to control our usage and enjoy social media in moderation. Until we do, it creates a double-edged sword aspect to social media,' he added.

The research team found a way of measuring people's levels of FOMO with a simple quiz – and you can take the test for yourself here and find out your level: ratemyfomo.com

Let us know how you got on. Where you surprised by the results?

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