Tech-Free Choices: FOMO vs. JOMO

Are you caught-up in the FOMO (fear of missing out)
movement? A revolutionary backlash to technology has
begun known as JOMO (joy of missing out).

Tech blogger Anil Dash came up with JOMO when he realized
after a month of being unplugged that he happily hadn’t
missed anything at all.

We have been brainwashed into thinking that we have to say
yes to everything – every email and every tweet.

Some people even get up multiple times during the night in
response to smartphone alerts.

An article in the Huffington Post has noted that we need
to give ourselves space to think without feeling like we
have to be doing something or be entertained every minute.

We seem to be a people who are afraid of the silence as if
the silence reminds us of our humanity.

HR POINTER: We know that JOMO is a real movement, when the
king of technology, Google, holds bimonthly silent
“mindful lunches” that allow their employees to commune
with themselves and actually speak to another human being.

In Amsterdam, an advertising agency in conjunction with
the makers of Kit Kat candy set up benches, which
advertise the blocking of all signals within a 5 meter
radius of the seats. These No WiFi Zones allow people to
take a “Kit Kat break” without interruptions.

Do we really need advertised No WiFi Zones that we
purposely enter in order to avoid our connectivity? Can’t
we just shut off our devices on our own?


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