Choosing JOMO and Healthy Tech Habits this Holiday Season

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Choosing JOMO and Healthy Tech Habits with links and resources for adults and children —
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Happy almost-Thanksgiving, Vampires!

By now, you likely know what FOMO means and how it feels. The last couple of years has highlighted the concept of missing out in powerful and unexpected ways. 

But have you heard of JOMO? Let us paint a brief picture of this important topic and offer strategies for your digital well-being with today’s edition, in preparation for the holidays!


We all know that technology can distract us from the things that matter most in life. 
As Google’s UX team points out in this comprehensive research from 2018, people have been more vocal about how the constant buzzing of notifications from different devices impacts their lives.

The research found two main reasons for this:

1. Too many engaging things to do with one’s phone; it’s hard to break the habit.

2. We want to be able to choose when we want to interact with our messages. We don’t want to miss out on important announcements or updates.
“A sense of obligation has crept into tech. People want tools to break it. They want to be able to set aside their phone sometimes, not worry about missing anything absolutely urgent, and feel in control of their phone use.”

— Julie H. Aranda and Safia Baig
FOMO, as defined by Collins Dictionary:

“FOMO is the written and sometimes spoken abbreviation for ‘fear of missing out’, used to talk about the belief of some people that others are having a good time without them.”
JOMO, as defined by Collins Dictionary:

“Joy of missing out: pleasure gained from enjoying one’s current activities without worrying that other people are leading more fulfilled lives.”

How to find balance?

The researchers suggest these strategies:

🧠 Gather information that helps you reflect upon your own usage and digital behaviors, and the tools to disconnect, like the Digital Wellbeing Dashboard in Android, Screen Time for iOS, and YouTube’s Time Watched profile.

Reduce temptation to re-engage, by adding an extra step like a timer.

🧘🏻‍♀️Disconnect with peace of mind. For example, keep the essential phone functionalities available, while restricting other applications. Focus, in iOS, is a great way to manage this.
Easier said than done, we know!

Tech is also here to help us identify trends and make changes.

Curious about your own habits? Reflect here with this quick test by the Google team.

Digital Wellbeing Experiments, by the Google team.

Check this awesome resource with great tips to focus on your digital well-being.

 Yet another great read: Unlocking the potential of technology to support health

What about the students/our own children?

Here are two articles and a resource you may want to check out to deepen your knowledge about this topic:

 Taking Care of Students’ Mental Health with Technology

11 Ways to Support Teen and Young Adult Mental and Emotional Health Using Tech

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