On vacation I do not read the newspapers or view the internet.  It is one of the joys of being on vacation and part of my digital detox [see ‘Digital detox with a deep vacation‘ on August 10th, 2016].  We usually take a large pile of books with us and this year was no exception – our shelf of books is shown in the photograph.  One novel stood out in particular: ‘Drive your plow over the bones of the dead‘ by Olga Tokarczuk.  One passage that resonanted with me was ‘Newspapers rely on keeping us in a constant state of anxiety, on diverting our emotions away from the things that really matter to us.’  Many of us suffer from a Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) but in practice most changes reported in the media that directly impact our lives happen so slowly that we miss very little by disconnecting for a few weeks and it releases us to think.


Olga Tokarczuk, Drive your bones over the bones of the dead, Fitzcarroldo Editions, 2022.

1 thought on “No FOMO

  1. Alrayah Alrehima

    Resonates with me very much. What an insightful message!
    As a person who’s constantly hooked on Twitter, this very much resonates with the way I deal with this app. Over the past week I had no internet access (without my choice) and, man, it was the most torturing experience. I was constantly anticipating the abundance of new you things that I missed (or perhaps I thought I missed) and which I’ll definitely devour once I get my internet back; but to my surprise I found nothing new! I had literally missed nothing, and that was a very painful yet enlightening realisation.


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