No FOMO

“Social media has made us even more aware of the things we are missing out on. You’re home alone, but watching your friends status updates tell of a great party happening somewhere. You are aware of more parties than ever before. And, like gym memberships, adding Bergman movies to your Netflix queue and piling up unread copies of the New Yorker, watching these feeds gives you a sense that you’re participating, not missing out, even when you are.” —Caterina Fake on FOMO, the “Fear of Missing Out,” and why Twitter and Facebook sometimes feel like drugs. Incidentally, Twitter would be cocaine and Facebook would be alcohol. Foursquare would be … O’Doul’s? (And a quick Google to learn that of course that’s been thought of before.) [Via]

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