Knowledge, podcasts & FoMO.

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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?

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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: