JOMO is the new FOMO for Gen Z

Oh, Millenials. Constantly getting a bad rap. They are unfairly and unfortunately famous for the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and being unable to read an analog clock. Gen Z has it’s own clichés, too, I’m sure, but there seems to be hope with their ability to balance their digital lives with their “real” lives. A new study has come out that explores the concept of JOMO- or the Joy of Missing Out- among Gen Z.

According to an article by Campaign Live, Wattpad came out with a new study called, “How Gen is finding balance in an upside down world.” Out of 400 Gen Zers who took the online survey, 43 percent said they make the active decision to spend a couple of hours a day away from social media. The other group that chooses to go online to de-stress do so by reading, listening to music, writing, playing games or watching funny videos as a means of escape or self-expression.

These young people are choosing to find a healthy balance between real life and social media and recognize what stresses them out. According to the study, nearly 89 percent of Gen Z respondents said school and homework is the biggest stress trigger, followed by family (53 percent), friends (38 percent) and money and health (20 percent).And almost all (91 percent) of Gen Zers between 18 and 21 say they have experienced at least one physical or emotional symptom due to stress, according to the report.

Gen Z is the first generation to use their phones and devices for every aspect of their life. 59 percent say screen time makes them happy, which is more than time with their family (40 percent) or pets (40 percent).

However, too much phone time makes 45 percent of Gen Z feel judged, and 53 percent say they spend too much time on social media.

When they’re not on their phones or social media, 65 percent of Gen Z reported taking time to volunteer. Nearly 30 percent also donate to charity each year.

So, what does the data from this study mean for our audience? Project B3 thinks the biggest takeaway is that Gen Z, is highly aware of their emotional wellbeing. They are identifying that social media, their online activity and screens in general are sources of both joy and stress and that it is up to them to strike a balance in their own lives. Digital responsibility must be taught and modeled, but ultimately, individuals are the ones who decide how much time and energy they want to spend online. When people learn early on in life how to find healthy balances in different aspects of their lives, the better off they will be. Go Gen Z!