FOMO Is Over — Turns Out, No One Really Wants To Do Anything Anymore

FOMO Is Over — Turns Out, No One Really Wants To Do Anything Anymore

Your Instagram life is perfect? No one cares. 

By Marianne Garvey

FOMO (fear of missing out) used to be so rampant that #FOMO was all over Instagram: friends on vacation, eating amazing food, doing things that made you feel like you could never stay home. And while it's not uncommon to get anxious about the idea of people doing fun things without you, a night in is growing in popularity — even for young people.

Most people are canceling their plans and not regretting it one bit, reports a new survey.

Of 1,000 people asked, almost half (48 percent) admitted they'd rather stay home than go to a nightclub, 29 percent prefer the couch to the gym, and, as for after work happy hour, only 26 percent wanted to go grab a drink.

How people prefer canceling their plans

Everyone has that one friend they can usually count on to cancel at the last minute. If we're being honest with ourselves, sometimes we're even that friend from time to time. Nearly 59 percent of men and 68 percent of women agreed they'd opt to text their way out of an obligation rather than any other form of communication. Roughly one in four would choose to call, and less than one in 10 would tell someone in person. In most cases, texting was the primary form of communication as an easy way to avoid confrontation or uncomfortable situations when we know the conversation won't go well.

Solo ventures?

“Preferring to be alone from time to time or opting to do certain things on your own rather than in a group doesn't make you a loner,” reports the study. “More than anything else, people said they would rather be alone when it comes to scrolling through social media, going to the gym, or watching TV or Netflix. Binge-watching may get a negative reputation, but studies have shown it can be more therapeutic than many realize. Watching shows with a positive message or even programs you've already seen before, can have the potential to put you in a more positive emotional space than most people expect.”

How often people want to go out

When asked about the amount of time they spend out and about compared to comfy and indoors, roughly 55 percent of men and 62 percent of women were perfectly happy with the amount of time they spent going out and being social. And while 36 percent of men and 27 percent of women wanted to spend a little more time out, roughly one in 10 actually wanted to spend more time indoors than their social schedules allowed.

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