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"fear of missing out". The fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something great
Even though he was exhausted, John's fomo got the best of him and he went to the party.
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| fōmō |

noun

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
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Acronym - 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 1: "That looks like a good deal"

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?"
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Fear of missing out ( on good times, gig, party or similar )
" I can't decide if I should go out tonight, but I know that if I don't I know I'll get chronic fomo "
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Fear of Missing Out - the fear you feel that you will miss out on something huge if you don't do something/participate in an event.
'I want to stay home tonight but I have FOMO so I will push through the fatigue.'
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(Acronym) Fear of Missing Out

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.
Kate: "Have you been invited to the hottest party of the year next week that everyone is going to?"

me: "What invite? No, I'm not. Is everyone going to be there? I've got serious FOMO"
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Jonny got the rep for being a fomo, but jake's a bigger one.
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