Many millennials have grown up in a world brimming with choices. Strawberry or cookie dough Pop-Tarts? Drama Club or the soccer team? College or trade school? In all these choices, we’ve discovered that sometimes there really was a better option out there, and we missed out—cookie dough Pop-Tarts really were more sugary and flavorfully fantastic! This only reinforced in us what we now call FOMO, fear of missing out.
The thing is, FOMO isn’t something you just outgrow. It’s not just benign source material for memes either. As we get older, our choices only multiply, and so do our fears that we really could be missing out on something amazing.