Fear Of Missing Out. Fear is a driver. If everybody else is doing it, you too would like a piece of the action.
A committed group of people can exert this fear onto a lagging member. This is why it can feel much easier to do things in groups.
Ironically when we’re committing to things to do on our own, FOMO can also take form as: Am I on the right path?
Does it matter how many people like your post after sharing? Or how many followers you have? Or whether or not others will like your picture on Instagram?
And the better question being: are likes, follows, and others’ non-actions a major part of what you showed up to do?
While internet clout can keep some of us moving along, it’s out of our own control. Oftentimes, it’s not even a part of what matters.
A line that one of my thesis professors drops from time to time before class starts.
In a time where students across all grades and ages are sitting in classrooms, we’re getting an abundant amount of students who lack the ability to connect course material to their own personal connection—their entire reason as to why they are learning in the first place.
Can we pretend that we are in school is a line that reveals a lot more than what it seems.
School is an environment built and intended for students to learn within. In it, we lost the meaning of what it meant to learn. Where students are expected to follow strict course guidelines, rules, assignments, grading rubrics. It’s almost anything but learning, because we’re all only following what the rules tells us.