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23 January 2014 | by Daniel O’Leary

Missing the point

Selfhood in a material world

Modern technology and social networking have fuelled a compulsive ‘fear of missing out’ among many people, especially the young. Only when we discover that our real strength comes from within not without will we be truly free “Please turn back,” my passenger said after we had travelled six or seven miles, “I’ve forgotten my mobile.” There was panic in her voice. Even though there was no emergency in her life just then, and we would be back in a few hours, the thought of being phoneless was very distressing. Full-blown “fomo” – the Fear of Missing Out – is one of the most insidious social anxieties of our age. The word itself made it into the Oxford English Dictionary a few months ago. The addictive state of mind it refers


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Comment by: vinebranch
Posted: 25/01/2014 09:56:08

little bit ironic to end this wonderful article with facebook, twitter etc etc.


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