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FOMO is an acronym for "fear of missing out," a type of social anxiety in which a person feels as if they are missing an important experience or opportunity.
"FOMO" was coined by marketing strategist Dan Herman in a paper titled "FOMO, the ailment of our cultural movement" published in the Journal of Brand Management in 2000.
On May 10th, 2004, the Harvard news website Harbus Online published an article titled "Social Theory at HBS: McHinnis' Two FOs," which compared FOMO to FOBO (fear of a better option). On October 2nd, 2006, Urban Dictionary user Beaqon submitted an entry for "Fomo." On November 18th, 2008, the CitysearchAustralia YouTube channel uploaded an ad which promoted a search engine as a cure for FOMO (shown below).
On April 9th, 2011, the New York Times published an article about social anxiety caused by social media platforms. On May 16th, 2013, The Telegraph published an article about FOMO, which cited a psychological study that found those who experienced the anxiety the most didn't have their "basic psychological needs" met. On May 20th, CollegeHumor released a parody trailer for a horror movie about FOMO (shown below). In the first year, the video gained over 1.1 million views and 1,800 comments.
On October 16th, 2014, CNN aired a segment on teens who experience FOMO through excessive social media use (shown below).
 Boston Magazine – Fomo History
 New York Times – Feel like a wallflower?&
 Fear of Missing Out – FOMO
 Harbus – Social Theory at HBS
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