We all know this situation, right? Your friends’ text you asking if you’d like to hang out, but you’ve had an incredibly long and stressful week because adulting is hard and all you really want to do is lay in your bed and binge watch Friends (because, let’s face it, they’re much less maintenance than your real human friends)....more

FOMO, Decision Making, and the Human Condition

“John Gardner, in his novel Grendel, tells of a wise man who sums up his meditations on life’s mysteries in two simple but terrible postulates: “Things fade: alternatives exclude.” […] Decision invariably involves renunciation: for every yes there must be a no, each decision eliminating or killing other options.”— Irvin Yalom, 1991 (Love's Executioner) ...more

FOMO: Are You a Victim of the Latest Epidemic?

There’s an epidemic sweeping the nation.  It’s affecting young people everywhere, and side effects include: going out to parties and social gatherings even when you aren’t up for it, frantically and obsessively scrolling though social media channels to see what your peers are up to, and/or not being able to say ‘no’ to any invitation for a night (or, I guess day) out of any kind. What is this reason behind all of this madness?  FOMO....more

FOMO: Implications for early morning drinking, and having kids

Every year during football season, Purdue University (my alma mater) opens the bars at 7 am on Saturdays to kick off Breakfast Club: dubbed by ESPN as one of the Top 10 college pre-game parties. People are decked out in what can only be described as more ridiculous versions of the most ridiculous Halloween costumes. Screwdrivers and Bloody Marys are served from giant trash cans into ONLY 32 ounce mugs....more

Do You Suffer From FOMO? Don't Worry, You're Not Alone.

This weekend I'm scheduled to attend a blogger event in Orange County -- about 75 miles from where I live. It's taking place on Sunday evening and part of me wants to attend and another part of me wants to stay home, curl up with a good book and enjoy my favorite television shows. The first-time blogger event is by invitation only, and I feel good about being recognized and included.  It could be a great way to meet other bloggers. ...more
And "No" is a complete sentence! :-)more