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"We hear “do what you love” so often from those few people who it did work for, for whom the stars aligned, and from them it sounds like good advice. They’re successful, aren’t they? If we follow their advice, we’ll be successful, too! […] We rarely hear the advice of the person who did what they loved and stayed poor or was horribly injured for it. Professional gamblers, stuntmen, washed up cartoonists like myself: we don’t give speeches at corporate events. We aren’t paid to go to the World Domination Summit and make people feel bad. We don’t land book deals or speak on Good Morning America."

Rachel Nabors, “DON’T do what you love” (via austinkleon)

(via austinkleon)

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"FOMO is our generation’s cross to bear."

Lizzie Crocker at the Daily Beast

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"There can be, and should be, a blissful, serene enjoyment in knowing, and celebrating, that there are folks out there having the time of their life at something that you might have loved to, but are simply skipping."

Anil Dash on JOMO (Joy of Missing Out)

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"For those who do feel overwhelmed by other people’s summer fun, figuring out one’s own priorities may help. To combat FOMO in general, Mr. Przybylski recommends “knowing not just what your plans are for Saturday night, but what are your reasons for wanting to do that thing on Saturday night” — developing a sense of “why the heck you’re going out in the first place.” If you understand what you want out of your summer (even if it’s staying inside with the blinds closed and the air-conditioning cranked up), you may be less bothered by what other people are doing with theirs."

This Anna North NY Times article

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"Looking at other people’s vacation pictures on Facebook can make the feeling worse. “Mostly, people like to put their best foot forward on social media,” Dr. Rosenthal said, “so I think it enhances envy, and it enhances a tendency to compare and find yourself wanting.” In summer, it may seem like “everybody’s out there looking their best and in wonderful company and in great fabulous places” — and if you’re just at your apartment, you may feel like you don’t measure up. “Social media,” Dr. Rosenthal said, “is going to enhance senses of inadequacy.”"

This Anna North NY Times article

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"Social software is both the creator and the cure of FOMO…It’s cyclical."

Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, the photo-sharing service, and of Hunch, a recommendation engine (from this NY Times article)

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"When we scroll through pictures and status updates, the worry that tugs at the corners of our minds is set off by the fear of regret, according to Dan Ariely, author of “Predictably Irrational” and a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. He says we become afraid that we’ve made the wrong decision about how to spend our time."

— Jenna Wortham in a NY Times article

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ONE recent rainy night, I curled up on my couch with popcorn and Netflix Instant, ready to spend a quiet night at home. The peace was sweet — while it lasted. Soon, my iPhone began flashing with notifications from a handful of social networking sites, each a beacon of information about what my friends were doing.

As the alerts came in, my mind began to race. Three friends, I learned, had arrived at a music venue near my apartment. But why? What was happening there? Then I saw pictures of other friends enjoying fancy milkshakes at a trendy restaurant. Suddenly, my simple domestic pleasures paled in comparison with the things I could be doing.

The flurry of possibilities set off a rush of restlessness and indecision. I was torn between nesting in my cozy roost or rallying for an impromptu rendezvous, and I just didn’t know what to do.

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— Jenna Wortham in a New York Times article 

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About YOLO

YOLO is an acronym for the phrase “you only live once”, which is often used as a hashtag on Twitter to bring attention to exciting events or excuse irresponsible behaviors. The acronym was popularized in 2011 after being featured in the hip hop single “The Motto” by Drake. In November 2012, the Oxford American Dictionaries included the slang term “YOLO” in its shortlist for the 2012 English Word of the Year.

From KnowYourMeme.com, which apparently exists

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Another FOMO definition

| 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, typicallyaccompanied 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 socialmedia websites.

ORIGIN: acronym from FEAR OF MISSING OUT
The college student had concert fomo.
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