FOLO: Fear Of Logging Off

FOLO is exactly what it says on the tin.

In a professional environment you’ll see it in those who, even long after they have left the office, are still checking their work emails.

I’ve heard people in many of my jobs talking about how late they were on emails the night before, or worse yet they have sent an email and I see it the next day with a time stamp of 23:53. I mean.🤷🏽‍♀️

It’s good they’re conscientious and all, maybe they have too much work on, but sometimes it becomes more of a competition.

In personal lives you’ll see FOLO in those who check their phones constantly. They will usually be found holding their phone in their hand at all times even if all of the people they are expecting to hear from, are with them.

I usually get told off by my sister when I visit her because she’ll see my phone shows many unread notifications. I am not ignoring people, Ok well I kind of am, but let me explain.

I used to constantly check every notification and it just got exhausting in the end. It was the level of alertness similar to when playing PacMan back in the days.

Ping! Find! Read! Reply!

What I do now

I have set up my notifications so the only make a sound on the apps I expect to get important information on, or where my family and friends need to reach me. Basically, texts (usually mum and dad) WhatsApp messages from individuals.

Everything else is silent and I’ll read it when I get a chance.

Because it is unlikely that I will receive a critical message via social media.

I won’t receive such urgent news via a WhatsApp group of 50+ people. FYI most of my group chats are on mute (except come Glastonbury ticket purchasing time, in which case a particular group is pinned to the top of chats!)

Unless I am waiting for an email response from a company, maybe following a job application or an enquiry I have made, there will be nothing too important in my inbox. Hopefully now that GDPR has kicked in there’ll be much less junk mail too.

My view is, if it is very important and you must be reached, they will call you.

I will leave you with a question.

If you feel you are starting to become a slave to your notifications, ask yourself, is it that you are scared you will miss something, or is it that you want to feel needed or included?

Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend. 😊


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