Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice

Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice

by Patrick J. McGinnis

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Overview

What are you really missing out on?

You're home on a Friday night, scrolling through Instagram, ready to go to bed.

You see pictures on your timeline of a party you were invited to, but didn't go to. You were confident when you said no, but now you can't stop thinking about it, and you start feeling worse.

You have FOMO, or, Fear of Missing Out.

Coined in a Harvard Business School article, FOMO has become a global term to describe the decimating anxiety when thinking other people are having better, more fulfilling, experiences than you are. It's a natural, biological response, but that doesn't make it feel any better. Amplified by the rise of social media, #FOMO has become a cultural crisis—so what's the cure?

Patrick McGinnis, creator of the term FOMO, has been thinking about it for seventeen years—and he has a solution: decision-making. Learning to weigh the costs and benefits of your choices, prioritizing your decisions, and listening to your gut are central to silencing FOMO and its lesser-known cousin, FOBO: Fear of a Better Option. After all, don't you want to feel comfortable and confident in your decisions?

Written with self-evaluations throughout the book, Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice helps you ascertain and eliminate the parts of your life that are causing more anxiety than happiness.

So give this a read, and then go to that party, start that new book, create a new goal—or don't. Make that decision, and be confident in it: it's the first of many of its kind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492694946
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 995,389
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Patrick J. McGinnis has been studying FOMO since he created the term nearly two decades ago, and he has developed a fresh approach to decision-making to beat it. Learning to weigh the costs and benefits of your choices, prioritizing your decisions, and listening to your gut are central to silencing FOMO and its lesser-known cousin, FOBO: Fear of a Better Option. After all, don't you want to feel comfortable and confident in your decisions?

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Section I Fear and Indecision in an Overwhelming World xix

Chapter 1 A Brief History of FOMO 1

Chapter 2 Your FOMO's Not Your Fault 11

Chapter 3 More Than a Meme 29

Chapter 4 The Other FO You Need to Know 39

Chapter 5 The Sad Tate of the Man Who Got Everything He Wanted 47

Section II The Hidden Cost of Fear 67

Chapter 6 The Billion-Dollar Business of FOMO 69

Chapter 7 FOBO, the Anti-Strategy 85

Section III Decisive: Choosing What You Actually Want and Missing Out on the Rest 101

Chapter 8 Freedom from Fear 103

Chapter 9 Don't Sweat the Small Stuff 111

Chapter 10 FOMO Is for the Planets, Not the Sun 129

Chapter 11 Choosing Action over Option Value 141

Chapter 12 Missing Out on the Rest 155

Section IV Making FOMO and FOBO Work for You 175

Chapter 13 Going All In Some of the Time 177

Chapter 14 Game of FOs: Dealing with FOMO and FOBO in Other People 195

Epilogue: We're Lucky to Have Options in the First Place 205

Author's Note 211

Acknowledgments 213

Notes 217

Index 227

About the Author 235

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