“Fear Of Missing Out” is an acronym I’ve always felt, and intuitively understood, but Caterina Fake writes about it better than I ever could. I hope I can write this well someday:

“‘FOMO’ stands for ‘Fear of Missing Out’ and it’s what happens everywhere on a typical Saturday night, when you’re trying to decide if you should stay in, or muster the energy to go to the party. At SxSW I see people wondering if they’re at the wrong party—the party where they are is lame, feels uncool, has too much brand advertising or doesn’t have anyone there they’d want to hook up with—and so they move on to the next party where they have to wait in line too long, can’t get a beer, or don’t find their friends, and so move on to the next venue where…and so on.”