WHY 2017 WILL BE THE YEAR OF STAYING IN AND NOT FEELING GUILTY ABOUT IT

By Alyse Borkan  |  Nov 30, 2016
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Life can be exhausting when you’re constantly refreshing your Instagram feed, liking the pictures your friends were tagged in on Facebook, and keeping up with every celebrity.

Life has been all about FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out. It’s the terrible anxiety-producing sense that somewhere, something amazing and life-changing is going on, and you’re not there.

Well, take heart, because 2017 is looking like the year that JOMO — the Joy of Missing Out — is finally taking hold. Meaning, being more than ok with staying in, watching Netflix, and making a cuppa tea.

“There can be, and should be, a blissful, serene enjoyment in knowing, and celebrating, that there are people out there having the time of their life at something that you might have loved to, but are simply skipping,” wrote technologist Anil Dash, who coined the JOMO acronym.

Over the past year, there’s been a ton of evidence that staying in and relaxing is the new going out, posing and posting. What was the biggest buzzword? Netflix and Chill. The hottest tech war?  Food-delivery apps like Deliveroo and UberEats. Netflix is expanding to 160 countries, and streaming services are dumping billions into content that you can enjoy from your couch. More and more films are being released on demand at the same time they’re in theatres. The entire world now comes to your doorstep (and your drone landing pad, better start planning that one now).

Here’s a primer on how to move from FOMO to JOMO:

  • When you’re at home, step away from your phone. Studies show that people who check Facebook and Instagram frequently are more depressed that those who don’t. Plus, spending too much time staring at devices compromises your sleep quality.
  • Unfollow. We’ve been told never to unfriend anyone on Facebook, the equivalent of a social stoning. So just unfollow anyone whose purpose in life is to give others FOMO. Start with anyone who posts pictures from, or uses the phrase “the club.”
  • Sign up for JOMO. Sign up for services that make your home more hibernation friendly.
  • Don’t worry that you’re getting old (and you’re definitely not getting lazy). Know that far from being slothful, JOMO is about taking control of your life and living it on your own terms.

“If FOMO arises from second-guessing your choices, JOMO means taking ownership of them — whereupon FOMO falls away,” wrote Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman.

What could be better?

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