Don't Want to Miss Out?:
FOMO Could Be Ruining Your Dating Life!
Thompson, who lives in London, stated that she was happily sitting in the Tube minding her own business and listening to music on her phone. That was when her eyes wandered to the Bumble icon on her screen. A favorite of hers, the self-proclaimed feminist dating app was something she hadn't checked in over a week or so... Quite long for online dating. At once, she remembered the multitude of notifications and messages that she was getting but had forgotten about due to being in work.
Swiping Most Frantically in the Name of Love
This is where FOMO hit: Rachel suddenly realized that she had not replied to a few potential dates who could've turned into something special and amazing. Naturally, the panic set in. Leaving her tram, the swipin began and Rachel gazed at the various dead conversations she'd begun and then forgotten about. Some of her swiping was an attempt to resuscitate these conversations, others were simply trying to get the attention of a new potential beau.
No matter how much she did this, though, Rachel couldn’t help but think that this wasn’t helping the FOMO anxiety she was building up.
FOMO: A Monster of Many Faces
FOMO has a lot of aspects. Many singles worry that even a single message they miss is an opportunity gone out the window... a potentil boyfriend, girlfriend or lover who could possibly have changed the course of their entire lives. And all of this, simply because they were off doing something else (baking pumpkin pie, going to the grocery store, painting faces on cucumbers... we're not ones to judge!).
In essence, however, Rachel says that FOMO is ultimately the fear that... "I'm the only one not capitalising on the wealth of potential matches because I'm too busy, too tired and, let's be honest, too lazy to put in more effort."
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