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A Buddhability Guide to Overcoming FOMO

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It’s the concert all of our friends have tickets to, except us. Or the amazing party raging down the hall, while we scroll through Netflix. Never mind the photos we see on Instagram of our friend’s tropical vacation, which seem to casually imply, “FYI, I’m having the time of my life.”

In the age of social media, we are cursed with having an endless window into our friends’ lives. This has only amplified FOMO (fear of missing out) to the point where even Merriam-Webster officially recognized the term.

Can Buddhism be of any help when we feel that old familiar mix of desperation and terror that comes from the fear of missing out?

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