Missing out on nothing
What FOMO? Be proud of missing out on nothing!
They say that there is a serious human condition in the technological world called FOMO, or “fear of missing out.”
A lot of people (most if you ask us) are influenced by the actions of others. Mainly in their digital worlds. What friends are doing. What hot trends or styles are. You name it.
That causes this FOMO feeling, or what used to be called “Keeping up with the Joneses.”
Doesn’t have to be that way if you pare down what you ingest
We’ve mentioned cutting your contacts down. Especially the casual ones. Keep your main circle countable on one hand, and you’ll be in good shape.
On top of that – “looking” at social timelines in particular is an unhealthy thing. Especially visual streams such as Instagram and Pinterest.
It doesn’t take an idiot to realize what is happening within those sites or apps.
You can see it when you go anywhere in public.
Artificially inflated egos – but really not important
I see so many people (mainly girls), who think in their tiny minds that they are “important.”
It could be the number of followers or admirers they have in the digital world. The “Insta” girls are easy to spot.
They wear their glasses. Have nice hair and makeup. The latest trendy (ugly) shorts or jeans.
You might even give them a positive glance. But they want no part of it (the real, physical world) – because it doesn’t have the mechanisms apps do.
They’re essentially useless as “real world” physical beings! Helpless is more like it.
Real people do not give a crap what they look like. Having a personality is required out in public. And most do not, since it’s not that app they’re so good at.
The only way to win is not to play
That famous line in War Games is profoundly true today. “The only way to win the game is not to play.”
And that means not taking the bait, as well.
All those networks and apps that claim they “connect” people, do quite the opposite. Sure, they connect you with psychologically addictive things that usually cost money – but they also distance you from true human contact and emotions.
As well as nature and your own mind.
Having your own organic ideas without the aid and influence of technology is almost a lost art in 2019 and beyond.
The less you see in those toxic environments the better. Shoot, we check out timelines a few times a year – and it’s beyond mind-numbing for people who do not use them at all. That tells you something right off the bat.
Ask 100 people on any street corner in Hoboken what they’re doing or thinking about – and 95 of them will reference their phone.
We like using the other apps, like our nose, ears, hands, feet, and so on. The real world will eventually prevail. It’s just a matter of time.
Side note: Online hustle for monetary gain
Without a doubt – hustling online is a real industry.
It’s more accurately called “influencers.” Most people (the superficial ones at least) want to be one. And many are. They want to be that 10 million follower person that gets non-stop deals and contracts.
But most (99.9% of them) will only get “side hustles.” That means some free perks, and other nick-knacks. The compensation rewards usually pale in comparison to the amount of effort they put in. They’ll never be that celebrity who can make a living off of it. (There are certain skill-based niches that are quite nice, however.)
It’s the same song and dance for any super-lucrative and desirable position (i.e., sports, modeling, acting, etc.). Only the elite make it. The rest are “struggling actors.”
If people only put the same amount of energy into real-world skills, and long-term sustainable characteristics, the world would be a much better place.