It's a terrible feeling — you log onto Instagram, only to see a group of your friends smiling and laughing at a gathering you weren't invited to.
FOMO (fear of missing out) is real
, and there's no denying that the internet hasn't exactly made things better in that area. Between Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, there's no shortage of outlets to make you feel like you're missing out on social events. Yes, social media is great — it's fun to share silly face swaps, or tag friends in funny memes. But the feeling of being left out is all too common online, as well.
Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to avoid FOMO, without having to give up social media entirely. We talked to Lizzie Post, spokesperson for the Emily Post Institute and co-host of the Awesome Etiquette podcast
, to find out how to handle these awkward situations, and maintain friendships.
Click through to hear our advice for dealing with FOMO — while still keeping an active online presence.