The official definition for FoMO is the following:
FoMO: noun. “Abbreviation of Fear of Missing Out. Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.”
This all comes down to knowing as many things as possible, as fast as possible. And while I must admit my day-to-day behaviour falls under that definition regarding social media and current events, it has always extended to other things.
I mean obviously as a kid social media was not one of my concerns since Facebook didn’t exist and internet wasn’t as accessible as it is presently. But I always felt like I HAD to know. By that I mean I had to know about every new subject I heard of, in case it might come up later in a conversation or would be proved useful someday. But it was for my personal satisfaction mostly. I’d be happier with myself if I knew about it. Whatever IT was supposed to be.
Once, my therapist noted that my “craving” for knowledge was something I gave as much importance as people did for their physiological needs such as food and sleep, because it had come to the point where I was anxious not to know about things. Which I thought sounded incredibly pretentious, somehow? And which I didn’t want to be interpreted as such, since to me it wasn’t a matter of being smarter than people. It was only for myself.
I enjoy learning, even about things I’m not particularly interested in, because I believe it is important to understand what people enjoy (even if that’s not your case) in order to understand them.
What is your relationship to knowledge and learning?
Also, for some reason, I wanted to introduce podcasts in that post. Thinking it might be appropriate and somehow related to the main subject of today’s post.
So, without further ado, here’s a list of 5 of my favourite podcasts:
- Popaganda is Bitch Media‘s podcast about feminism in pop culture and current events.
- Stuff You Missed in History Class is a podcast for How Stuff Works about historical events that we don’t necessarily learn/which are not properly talked about in school.
- Welcome to Night Vale is the radio show of a fictional town in the United States where strange events occur but are perceived as common.
- Distraction Pieces is Scroobius Pip‘s weekly podcast in which he discusses many issues with guests.
- Dirty Old Ladies is a podcast realized by three ladies in the comic book industry (Amanda Lafrenais, C. Spike Trotman & Kel McDonald).