A Bad Case of NOMO

I’ve got a bad case of NOMO. You probably already heard of FOMO — ‘Fear of Missing Out — the phenomena of social media addiction increasingly studied by psychologists. According to MyLife.com, 56% of social media users suffer from FOMO.

Well, I’ve got the opposite problem, a bad case of NOMO, as in No More. This is more commonly known as social media fatigue or burnout.

I’m not sure it is fatigue at this point. Can you have social media burnout for years on end?  Nor is there a sense of anger or dreading social media check-ins/flights. I just go and do it.

It’s a job. The shine is off.

For example, I’m just monitoring to make sure that no social media crisis is brewing for me or one of my clients (yes, I have more than Vocus).

When I do go and play online, I’m not out there rushing to see what my Internet marketing colleagues are saying on their blog or pro-feeds.  Instead, I tend to check out sites I enjoy, catch up on the baseball news, look at science fiction and writing stuff, see what friends are doing, etc.

Leisure time is spent on leisure, not the rat race.  And at least half of that precious leisure time is spent with people in person, because spending time with people in person restores balance and perspective. It lets you take online events with a smaller grain of salt.

When one of my competitors or rivals does something great, I congratulate them.  Yup, congratulate rivals. That makes more sense to me. After all, they achieved something I want, and that’s remarkable!

NOMO. Perhaps to a professionally dangerous level, though my Klout score seems to disagree. And we all know how important Klout scores are (cough).

It’s kind of like smoking a cigar on the fringe of a party. You know there’s a lot going on, but you already did your rounds… Now you’re just a dude enjoying your cigar. Some people breeze by and you chat, and that’s enough.

One thing is for sure, NOMO beats the hell out of FOMO.

Do you suffer from FOMO or NOMO?

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In Darkness Find Freedom

Given the Independence Day holiday, let’s discuss a modern freedom that comes with going dark on the Internet.

turn off your phone.
Image by Anna Douglass

I’ve been enjoying a vacation for the past few days, in large part because I don’t feel the need to be online.

Electing to go dark for extended stints has been hard. There were emails I wanted to respond to, updates to post, and conversations that seemed interesting and worth joining.

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