RT @DrLawyercop: Won’t lie, getting excited for @TheKilling_AMC this Sunday night! I MUST FIND OUT WHO KILLED ROSIE LARSEN!
I’m also going to start smoking cigarettes, speaking in French & wear a slightly askew Pan Am hat. Anyone have a Delorean I can use?
“It’s something that’s existed for a while, but I don’t think there was a face or name to it,” pop culture and social media writer Annie Stamell told the Daily. Stamell last month wrote an article about FOMO for the Huffington Post, giving examples of the feeling in people’s everyday lives.
From “stalking” people on Facebook to checking your smartphone every five minutes to crashing a party you are not invited to, FOMO is everywhere, she said.
“We have such a self−awareness about [FOMO] with our social media. You can go on Twitter and say ‘omg fomo,’ and everyone gets it,” Stamell said. “The article I wrote for the Huffington Post was sort of a joke, but at the same time it was legitimate, a symptom of the current social media craze and the accessibility we have to each others’ lives.”” —
Online and off, FOMO a phobia here to stay, The Tufts Daily
Big props to the editors at Tufts’ University independent student newspaper, The Tufts Daily, for writing about FOMO and reaching out to me to talk about the latest social media trend. It was a fun interview - and I was appreciative to get some recognition for being one of the first to address the idea in mainstream media, especially because these days I just keep reading about Caterina Fake’s big post on it and okay, fine she’s all the co-founder of Flickr and what not but I can’t deny there’s that part of me who wants to jump up and down and be like “HEY! WHAT ABOUT ME? I WROTE ABOUT IT OVER A MONTH BEFORE YOU!” But rather than walk down that rabbit hole into my self-involved sub-conscious (my own version of FOMO perhaps?) I’d rather focus on the very real notion that FOMO is here to stay. Seriously - yep, when it comes to FOMO there is no end in sight. How can there be when the lines between our online selves and real life selves continue to fade?
Evidence of FOMO’s lasting power is everywhere. Take a look at the recent reveal of the cover and title of Mindy Kaling’s soon-to-be-released book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) which may as well be the poster for those suffering FOMO the world over.
So yes, FOMO is real. The good news is that a by-product of social media today is that we, as human beings, can achieve new levels of self-awareness, which helps to put FOMO in perspective. Because the thing is, it’s silly. It really is. And we have to remember that FOMO is almost entirely self-motivated, which is why I ultimately said in the interview with The Daily, that “we need to live in the moment more.” Sure that’s easier said than done, and it’s something I have to remind myself all the time, but why waste time and energy on missing out on something else when you can enjoy the here and the now?
On that note I’m going to unplug for a little while and enjoy the present. Don’t worry, you’re not missing out on anything.
The number one misconception about Twitter is that people think you need to write Tweets to get value out of it.
Imagine a place where the most famous and fabulous people in the world emit short little pearls of wisdom throughout the day, every day, in a public forum where anyone can enjoy them. Stars of stage and screen stepping right into your living room - 140 characters at a time! That seems to be what Twitter aims to be now, or at least part of it.” —How Twitter Can Become More Mainstream, on Read Write Web
For anyone who hasn’t heard that a poisonous cobra from the Bronx Zoo has escaped, you are missing out. He has his own twitter feed and he is having some amazing adventures.
Hilarious Twitter feed - must follow.
Today my lunch plans canceled and I was asking Sarah for tailor suggestions, when lo-and-behold she was already planning on going to the tailor today. (Are we, like, GIRLS, or what?)
So. There we were on our lunch break, at the much-recommended West LA tailor - she was getting alterations on a bridesmaid dress, I was getting measured for a bridesmaid dress. (Oh you know, just girls being girls!) We were discussing the new Sweet Valley High book - the aforementioned/reblogged (aforereblogged?) Sweet Valley Confidential - and not only did we agree we were both clearly Elizabeths, but we pinpointed the Jessicas and Lilas in our lives. (Worth noting - we both discussed our mispronunciation of Lila at a young age. Did other girls have this problem?)
Anyhoo. After bridesmaid duties were complete we zipped over to a Barnes & Noble to pick up the just-released SVH book, because surely a large book emporium such as Barnes & Noble situated at a prominent LA mall would have ordered copies of this highly-anticipated book! THINK AGAIN! Not only did the unhelpful customer service employees mock us for missing portions of our work day to pick up the book, but they laughed at us as they admitted that of all the Barnes & Nobles in LA they did not order copies of said book.
Shame on you Barnes & Noble. I’ll be ordering my copy from Amazon later today.
And regarding the above quote - Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are the original YA stars. I do love me some PLL and Hunger Games, but at the end of the day, I’d be nowhere without The Babysitters Club and the sun-kissed blonds of Sweet Valley High.
Hell is probably a parking garage full of tax collectors and no one has chapstick.