Caryna Caryan, a student in Jon Pfeiffer’s Spring 2017 Media Law class at Pepperdine University, wrote the following essay in response to the prompt: JOMO. Have you experienced JOMO (the joy of missing out)? How has it impacted your life?
Content With The Here And Now
I am a huge advocate for JOMO. The joy of missing out can be such a refreshing experience in today’s world, where we are constantly connected to one another through the internet. Sometimes I feel like I’d be happier in simpler times, where people stuck to what they were doing instead of worrying about others’ lives and how to make their own lives look the best online. Even though I have social media and do enjoy it, I feel like I enjoy it for different reasons. I’m not that interested in knowing what is happening at all times and can actually be the worst at checking my phone. I’d rather just use social media as a tool and creative outlet. One of my favorite things about being abroad last semester and what I will miss most, surprisingly is that none of us could use our phones unless we were connected to free wifi. It made trips that much better because we focused on who we were with and where we were instead of preoccupying ourselves with what others were doing.
Missing out on something does not have to be a negative thing. It means we can experience something else, something we might not have thought to experience before. JOMO is important because it helps me take time to hang out with myself, instead of always needing someone else’s company. I’m someone who struggles with being alone at times, but when I do take the time to have a day or even afternoon to myself I feel great. JOMO, to me, is a beautiful thing because when I’m experience it, it means that I’m fully content with the here and now. I think we should all strive to feel JOMO more often because that means we are living our lives right by not worrying about others and taking more time for ourselves.
Caryna is a senior at Pepperdine University majoring in Public Relations.
Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Media Law. COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy.