I Have Gained So Much Knowledge About The Fear Of Missing Out Through Extensive Interaction?

1714 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
While I have gained so much knowledge about the fear of missing out and how Denison students discuss and work to avoid this phenomenon, we still encounter this on a large basis, and I have worked to reframe my overall research question to ask how Denison students discuss and work to avoid the fear of missing out through extensive interaction? Furthermore, how do the differences in our definitions and interpretations of FOMO implicate our relationships with others? My experiential observations and interpretations are rooted in the texts that we have read and discussed throughout the semester, even when the fear of missing out is not closely discussed in any of them. My research offers a unique perspective on different ideas that these scholars have discussed, but as some of these texts are old, the research brings FOMO to the forefront of this generation of college students’ ideas about fear and our connections to previous theories.
I define fear, as discussed in the terms of the fear of missing out, as the unpleasant emotion brought about by encountering the empty space that exists between ourselves and others. The suggestion of FOMO as being a part of some form of empty “space” includes interactions between people, both with and without the internet, or forms of social media. Tuan (1979), discussing landscapes of fears, suggests that “intensity and frequency of fear differ greatly among species” (p. 4). This idea of fear does not just apply for different species, but…

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