Social media has much to answer for, and one of the negative feelings it’s created and feeds in us is FOMO, the Fear Of Missing Out.
FOMO is a kind of anxiety that arises from fearing that other people (sometimes everyone!) are doing things more interesting, fun and rewarding than we are, and we’re missing out.
In the photography world the FOMO concept is most often linked with gear, as in someone else has a better camera, with higher ISO, more MegaPixels, and a faster, sharper lens, that is making better pictures, and garnering more praise from everyone, than you, with your inferior camera and inadequate images.
Which is of course fed by the manufacturers, and the websites that make money from you clicking through to buy the shiny new stuff their reviews drool over.
I’ve almost entirely withdrawn from social media, and this is one of the biggest reasons.
Now, instead of FOMO, I revel in JOMO – the JOY Of Missing Out.
I’m very happy to be using my 10+ year old 6MP CCD DSLRs, and a handful of lenses often made before I was born, which in total cost me probably about as much as a strap on the camera on one of the FOMO driven crowd.
I’m delighted to not have a camera that has more switches, dials and settings than a modern luxury car, with an instruction manual thicker than a bible.
I’m overjoyed that I know how to set my simple cameras up to get the images I want (in camera, without post-processing), which makes them so fluid to use they’re near invisible.
I couldn’t have any of this if I wasn’t prepared to say, “I’m happy with less, it’s enough!” rather than always chasing the bigger, better, faster, more that we’re told everyone else has.
By letting go of that quest for all I don’t have (and don’t need) I can focus my energy and time on enjoying what I do have and love to the fullest.
How about you? Do you feel FOMO with cameras? How can you embrace JOMO instead?
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