YOLO is over. FoMo is for chumps. These days, it’s all about MoMo.
First of all, let’s translate that last sentence for everybody born before 1990.
YOLO stands for ‘You Only Live Once’, and it’s the motto people yell before making the kinds of life choices that usually involve a lot of alcohol.
‘FoMo‘ stands for ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ and it’s a feeling people get when they see all their friends posting fun stuff on social media that they aren’t involved in.
And now, because it’s time to accept that we can no longer function as normal humans without computers, a new emotion has made its debut:
MoMo, or ‘Mystery Of Missing Out’.
Seriously, this is a thing.
MoMo is what happens when the friends, family and people you follow on social media go quiet. So if FoMo is all about getting jealous when you see people posting the fun things they’re doing, MoMo is when you can’t see people posting anything, so you get paranoid about what’s going on.
It’s basically an emotion that describes what it was like to grow up when a landline was all that connected you to your friends. MoMo is how the eternally connected kids of today are describing the feeling that comes with not knowing what everybody is doing at every waking moment.
And they don’t know how to handle it.
Just this week, the internet went into meltdown with rumours that Miley Cyrus had died. Why? She hadn’t posted on her Instagram feed for three days, so that was clearly the only possible explanation (she’s fine, by the way). And the Telegraph recently interviewed some very anxious 20-somethings who described what the dreaded MoMo feels like: “I have my favourite Instagram profiles I like to check daily,” one of them said. “If they go quiet I get MoMo for sure… You think – what can be so good that they aren’t posting?”
Hmmm, yeah. If only there was some way besides social media to keep in touch with friends…