You’re at a business conference over the weekend. Bored, you pull up your Facebook app and start scrolling through the newsfeed. You run across a picture of your friends enjoying dinner and drinks. They look like they’re having fun, and you feel a twinge of — what is that? Anxiety?
You’ve just experienced the “fear of missing out” or “FOMO.”
Recently, through social media and text-messaging technology, people have popularized the idea of FOMO as an almost-humorous acknowledgement of the fear of missing out on social engagements.
Through July 11, Lakewood artist Erika Jaeggli is hosting a charcoal art exhibit at WAAS Gallery that explores the darker side of “FOMO” — the anxiety and sense of dread that threatens the self, convincing you that you do not really exist if you are not socially engaged.
“We’re always disconnected from someone,” Jaeggli says. “We think of FOMO as a brand new thing, but it’s not. The Greeks were writing about this in tragedy.”
She uses charcoal to give her artwork an “old-timey feel,” she says.
Here is a sampling from the exhibit with a behind-the-scenes look at what Jaeggli had in mind when she created each piece:
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