Will Nashville experience "FOMO" as other counties open up?

Posted at 10:39 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 23:39:38-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Starting Friday, gyms across most Tennessee counties will be allowed to open up. It's just the latest opening, along with restaurants and retail stores earlier this week. But Nashville gyms, dine-in restaurants and retail are still closed for now.

Vanderbilt University professor Craig Smith says this weekend, social media may fuel the "Fear of Missing Out," aka FOMO, among those who are still being encouraged to stay at home.

"Some people who are envious anyway and feeling left out because they can’t go out may see friends in other counties go out (on social media) and that might really depress them," Smith said.

Smith says if you find yourself feeling that way, you should limit your time on social media. But Smith says technology can have positive impacts during COVID-19, with people connecting virtually face to face on apps like FaceTime and Zoom.

And Smith says it may sound obvious, but it may help to use the phone on your smartphone — calling friends or family for a more personal, meaningful connection.